Train hits Parade float fill of wounded vets and spouses

bill_vincent(Central Maine)November 15, 2012

As of now, 4 dead 17 wounded. Again

Here is a link that might be useful: May God watch over them

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labrea_gw

I saw that that was terrible!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 11:36PM
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elvis

What a nightmare. I am praying for all of them. This is the first I've heard of this; it's just awful.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 11:44PM
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Circus Peanut

Was the flatbed driver drinking?

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 11:54PM
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chase_gw

How terrible! You gotta wonder about parades crossing railway tracks. There should have been a policeman there at the very least. Were there no wigwams?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 7:34AM
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maddie_athome

How terrible!

According to Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange, the crossing has lights and gates, and that they were both working...

Here is a link that might be useful: LA Times.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 7:58AM
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demifloyd(8)

"Were there no wigwams?"

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What do you mean by this question?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 8:11AM
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rob333

I assume chase means those caution cones? I can't even read the article. Those we love so much died in such an avoidable way. I hope it was just a malfunction somewhere cause I just can't even stomach any other thought.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 8:26AM
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chase_gw

Sorry for the typo, should have been wigwags.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 8:40AM
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labrea_gw

A wigwag is a crossing signal!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 12:53PM
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fouquieria(10b)

Has anyone on here been to Midland or Odessa?

I can't fathom having a Veteran's Day parade across railroad tracks.

-Ron-

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 3:31PM
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Circus Peanut

All I know about Odessa I learned from Friday Night Lights. Do the tracks bifurcate the town into two different sections (in which case it sort of makes sense as a route)?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 3:43PM
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demifloyd(8)

Midland and Odessa are separate cities, but not far from one another.

The accident occurred on the south side of Midland, a more industrial, older area, near the interstate, not near the shopping areas and primary residential areas, although there are residential areas nearby. It's spread out because there is plenty of space to spread out.

From what I read late last night, there were other vehicles ahead of this trailer/float and the driver was just going over the tracks with the signal began, and the trailer was behind him, but the vehicles ahead of him had stopped, so he could not proceed and the trailer with the people on it was still on the tracks and was hit directly by the train.

I'm still not sure why the driver didn't just go ahead and plow into the other cars or veer to the side and get that trailer behind him off the tracks, but who knows.

What a tragedy.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 7:18PM
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lily316(z5PA)

One guy who was killed was from my area.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 2:39AM
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lavenderlver

So very sad. One of the dead veterans had pushed his wife off the float moments before the train hit. She survived.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 7:37AM
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jodik_gw

Another terrible tragedy...

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 11:07AM
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demifloyd(8)

Update from NTSB investigation, from Associated Press, November 17:

"It was the second of 2 floats carrying veterans in Thursday's parade in Midland. The first was exiting the tracks when the warning bells and signals were activated, 20 seconds before the accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The second float didn't enter the tracks until several seconds after the warning system went off, the NTSB said. By that time, the guardrail was lowering."

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 8:55AM
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