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Old 11-16-2012, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Default Train Crashes into Wounded Veterans Parade in Midland

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This is so sad beyond words - a parade to honor these wonderful veterans that served our country turned so tragically into such a horror! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family and friends of those lost in this incident, to those now hospitalized and to the rest that managed to live through this but will forever suffer from the memories along with the City of Midland.

News stories:

- Train Crashes Into Wounded Veterans Parade In Midland Texas
- 4 dead after train crashes into Texas vets parade
- Train Crash Kills 4 at Veterans Parade in Texas - NYTimes.com

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The headline on this story really should be different.

"Parade honoring veterans goes in front of moving train" would paint a more accurate story.

Tragic in any case.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX/San Diego, CA
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Sad indeed, thoughts are with their families.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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I couldn't believe it when I saw it on the news. I almost cried. Hubby is actually in Midland on business and was very near the area when it happened. He wasn't aware at the time what was going on, but he was in his car driving in the opposite direction of the accident, and talking to me on the speaker phone in his car. While we were talking we could hear all these sirens, and he said a couple of police cars just blew by him going in the opposite direction. Now we realize where they were going. Makes my skin crawl to think about it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Oh wow, what a horrible tragedy!! My thoughts and prayers certainly go out to the families of those that were killed and to those recovering from injuries.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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It was the lead story on NBC's Today show. I've been through Midland lots of times and am familiar with that intersection. I'm saddened by this terrible, terrible tragedy.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Trans-Pecos Texas
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It is pretty unbelievable and sad.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Garden State
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I just saw it on the local New York news.

So sad

How ironic that they survived war and get killed like this.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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Precisely what I was thinking...

Media keeps reporting the TRAIN was going x mph, NTSB investigating etc. but what about the driver of the float???

IMO, THAT person is responsible for this horrible ordeal...seems it could definitely have been avoided had the guy LOOKED both ways at the track!!


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The headline on this story really should be different.

"Parade honoring veterans goes in front of moving train" would paint a more accurate story.

Tragic in any case.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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Precisely what I was thinking...

Media keeps reporting the TRAIN was going x mph, NTSB investigating etc. but what about the driver of the float???

IMO, THAT person is responsible for this horrible ordeal...seems it could definitely have been avoided had the guy LOOKED both ways at the track!!
From what I heard from family there and from what I remember about that intersection from my years of living there, apparently the driver was in the process of crossing when the parade traffic ahead of him stopped, preventing him from completely crossing. Also there is speculation that there were police sirens being used in the parade which prevented people from hearing the train horn. Also the crossing arm came down on top of them, so they couldn't move. Eventually it went back up, but it was too late. But no, the driver shouldn't have begun to cross though until there was sufficient space for him to clearly cross the tracks.
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