Texas Veterans Parade Crash That Killed Four Set to Go to Trial

Texas Veterans Parade Crash That Killed Four Set to Go to Trial

Staff Report
The Associated Press

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A civil trial for 17 people who were hurt or had family members killed when a freight train struck a veterans parade float in Midland in 2012 is set to begin.

The trial in the lawsuit, which begins Monday in Midland, involves those who did not reach a confidential out-of-court settlement Jan. 16 with Union Pacific Railroad.

Just before the crash that killed four, the parade float filled with wounded veterans and their spouses was inching across a railroad track when the crossing gates began to lower and a freight train bore down on them. Some seated on the float jumped off just moments before the train - traveling at more than 60 mph - crashed into the truck.

A federal investigation blamed the accident on city and parade organizers.