MIDLAND, TX (KCBD) - More details were released Wednesday about the lawsuit following a train accident in Midland last fall that killed 4 veterans and injured several others.
Almost two dozen victims are now involved in that lawsuit against Union Pacific and Smith Industries. Some of those victims are family members of the deceased, while others sustained injuries resulting in amputations, paralysis and post traumatic stress disorder.
In response, Union Pacific has filed a lawsuit against Smith Industries and is expected to also name Midland County, the City of Midland and the event organizers as responsible third parties.
According to NTSB, the railroad crossing where the accident happened should have given a 30-second warning due to the speed of the train, but only a 20-second warning was given. The organizers of the event also did not have a city permit allowing the parade.
Tuesday, the city of Midland proposed several new ordinances regarding parade and special event permits.