On Wednesday the National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the Midland train accident that killed four veterans during a parade. The one page report gives several details on the facts leading up to the deadly crash.
Back on November 15th, the "Show of Support" organization held a parade to honor wounded veterans. One of the flatbed trailers carrying 24 people – 12 veterans and their wives – was struck by a train during the parade. Four veterans died and several others were injured.
Wednesday's report states the 50-year-old driver of the flatbed was going five miles per hour over the railroad crossing. At that same time the Union Pacific train coming from Los Angeles was going 62 mph, which is under the speed limit of 70mph in that particular area.
The report says the engineer sounded the train's horn and applied the brakes, but the train slid more than 4,000 feet. The front end of the train hit the rear end of the flat bed carrying the veterans. The flatbed then slid about 30 feet and hit a Midland Sheriff Deputy's car.
These details are only what is given in the initial report and more details should surface as the investigation continues.
In the meantime, a lawsuit is still pending. Two veterans and their wives are suing Union Pacific and the driver of the flatbed who works for Smith Industries. The main complaint is negligence by both the railroad company and driver, and also that there was not adequate warning at the crossing for how fast the train was traveling.
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