November 20, 2012
A holiday parade in Midland, Texas, came to a tragic end when a train collided with a tractor-trailer hauling a float loaded with injured veterans as it crossed a set of tracks. Reports from KVUE News say the collision occurred Thursday at around 4:40 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board says as the truck began to approach the railroad crossing, the crossing signals began to ring and the oncoming train’s conductor began to blow the locomotive’s whistle; however, the truck stopped with its flatbed trailer blocking the tracks. The conductor attempted to use the emergency brake on the train, but it was too late and a collision occurred. Four veterans were killed as a result of the Texas Truck Accident, while 16 others sustained injuries. Victims were rushed to area hospitals where they were treated for conditions ranging from minor to critical.
This was not the first accident to occur at the crossing though. Records show there have been a total of 10 accidents at the same crossing since it was built in 1979. Those accidents resulted in six injuries but no fatalities.
The Austin Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers understand the emotions that can come with suddenly losing a loved one to an unforeseen accident and would like to send their deepest sympathies to the friends and families of the victims affected by this tragedy.