4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade
Midland police, fire and sheriffs respond to an accident where a trailer carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train in Midland, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP /Reporter-Telegram, Tim Fischer)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 7:39PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 8:07PM EST
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans.
City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout says the crash happened at a Union Pacific railroad crossing around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Stout says 10 of those injured are in critical condition at Midland Memorial Hospital, while the seven others are in stable condition.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the NTSB is investigating. A message left with a Union Pacific spokeswoman was not returned.
The parade was supposed to end at a "Hunt for Heroes" banquet. The wounded service members were then going to be treated to a deer-hunting trip this weekend.