Veterans Killed In TX Parade When Train Hits Trailer

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Video: North Carolina Veterans killed in train crash in Texas

  • 4 Killed at parade, USA Today
  • 4 Killed in Vet Parade in TX, USA Today
  • 4 Killed in Vet Parade in TX, USA Today

Midland, TX-- Four veterans were killed and 16 other people were injured when a train slammed into a parade float carrying the returning heroes to a banquet to honor them in West Texas, officials said Friday.

A float decorated with American flags and carrying wounded veterans and their spouses to a banquet in West Texas took the full force of a train at a railroad crossing, killing at least four veterans and injuring 16 people.

Some managed to jump clear as the train, with its horn blasting, bore down on the float decorated with American flags Thursday afternoon. Horrified spectators at the parade could only watch as the carnage unfolded.

"The train honked its horn, but the 18-wheeler could not go anywhere because of the other one (truck) being right in front of it," said Daniel Quinonez, who was waiting in his vehicle as the parade went by. "It was a horrible accident to watch happen right in front of me. I just saw the people on the semi-truck's trailer panic, and many started to jump off the trailer. But it was too late for many of them."

Early Friday, Midland city spokesman Ryan Stout said 37-year-old Sgt. Maj. Gary Stouffer and 47-year-old Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin were pronounced dead at the scene. Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, and Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers, 43, were pronounced dead later at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Police confirmed the identities of the dead. Of the 16 others hurt in the crash, four are in stable condition and one is critical. Ten others were treated and released from the hospital.

The National Transportation Safety Board has arrived at the scene of the incident and they are working in coordination with other agencies on the investigation.

At 9:00 a.m. CT, a community-wide prayer vigil will be held at Centennial Plaza in downtown Midland to help show support for the victims and their families, reports CBS Affiliate KOSA.


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