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  1. #1 Federal officials to probe deadly train-parade float crash in Texas 
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    MIDLAND, Texas Federal officials are heading to West Texas to join investigators looking into why a freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans, killing four people and injuring 17 others.

    Witnesses described a harrowing scene Thursday afternoon as the Union Pacific locomotive beard down on the decorated flatbed truck as it tried to clear the rail crossing on its way to an honorary banquet.

    The train was sounding its horn and people on the flatbed truck -- mostly wounded veterans and their spouses -- were scrambling to jump off before the collision around 4:40 p.m. in Midland, according to witnesses and Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange.

    A preliminary investigation indicates the crossing gate and lights were working, Lange said, though he didn't know if the train crew saw the float approaching.

    Two people died at the scene, while two others died at Midland Memorial Hospital, City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout said. Six people remained hospitalized Thursday night, including at least one in critical condition; the other 11 people injured have been treated and released, hospital officials said.

    About two dozen veterans and their spouses had been sitting in chairs on the float, set up on the back of a flatbed tractor-trailer decorated with American fnts were canceled.

    The events were organized by Show Of Support, a local veterans group. Its president, Terry Johnson, did not immediately return an email for comment and his phone number was unlisted; the phone rang unanswered at the group's offices

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    Heard about that last night!
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    Heard about that last night!
    Still waiting to see if any of my friends were hurt or involved.
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    How awful - to survive that war only to come home to this....
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    The Today Show this morning covered this story this morning.


    One of the dead was a veteren of the recent wars and just before the train struck, he pushed his wife off the side of the float, and she survived.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    The Today Show this morning covered this story this morning.


    One of the dead was a veteren of the recent wars and just before the train struck, he pushed his wife off the side of the float, and she survived.
    Army Sgt. Last name IIRC is Michael. They talked with his MiL last night.

    Just..damn...
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    The Today Show this morning covered this story this morning.


    One of the dead was a veteren of the recent wars and just before the train struck, he pushed his wife off the side of the float, and she survived.
    How sad.
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    I was afraid to read the list for fear it would be someone I knew but, thank goodness, no.

    What is very weird now is the conflicts between the eyewitness stories the night it occurred and the "official" statements of the ITSB now. 180 degrees apart.
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