Posted: Nov 15, 2012 8:13 PM by CBS News - KOSA 7
MIDLAND, Tex. - A parade to honor wounded veterans turned tragic in Midland, Texas, on Thursday afternoon when a trailer carrying the veterans was hit by a train. At least four people are dead, and 17 people have been injured, as many as 10 of them critically.
Rescue crews and stunned townspeople raced toward toward the train after it struck the parade float carrying wounded American veterans who were on their way to a "Hunt For Heroes" banquet, which was to be followed by a weekend deer-hunting trip.
The trailer in which the veterans were riding was being pulled across the tracks when the train hit.
The injured were taken to a hospital, which called in all available staff to handle the casualties.
Midland city officials released the following statement:
On November 15th 2012, at approximately 4:36p.m., the Midland Police Department, along with EMS were dispatched involving a train collision. It was learned that the "Hunt For Heroes" parade was traveling southbound on Garfield St while a train was traveling eastbound along Industrial. Two Flatbed Trucks with trailers carrying soldiers and wives were traveling over the tracks. One of the flatbeds passed the tracks completely while the other flatbed was struck by the train. Some of those who were riding on the second trailer evacuated before the train hit.
Currently there have been four fatalities, two dead on scene and two that died at Midland Memorial Hospital. Out of those who were injured, Ten are in stable condition and seven are in critical condition. Those that were injured were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital.
The incident is currently under investigation.
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