4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade


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.


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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.

Information from: Midland Reporter-Telegram, http://www.mywesttexas.com

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