Train Accident in Midland, Texas Kills Four

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 16-Nov-2012

A train accident in Midland, Texas claimed the lives of four people and send as many as 17 more to the hospital after the locomotive collided with a parade float transporting veterans and their spouses and Thursday afternoon, authorities reported.

According to police, the flatbed tractor trailer, which was decorated for the parade, became unable to cross the tracks completely because of a vehicle in front of it. The train sounded its horn, officials said.

Witness accounts noted that some of the people on the trailer being hauled were able to jump off the flatbed in time.

Officials identified one of the men killed in the train accident in Midland, Texas as 34-year-old Joshua Michael, who ABC News reported, saved his wife from the tragic crash before he was fatally injured. Michael was a U.S. Army veteran, who had retired as a result of health related reasons.

Police also identified other victims of the fatal crash as Army Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 47, and Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gary Stouffer, 37. Authorites said both men were pronounced dead at the scene of the train wreck.

Army Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers, 43, was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital, where he later passed away as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash.

Six people were still hospitalized from injuries they endured in the Texas train crash in Midland.

The NHTSA is still investigating the collision between the train and the flatbed 18 wheeler truck.

The parade for the veterans was organized by Show of Support, a local group that offers support to veterans. The parade was scheduled to end with a banquet for the veterans and they would later be honored with a deer hunting excursion.

Our thoughts and prayers go out the family and loved ones of those killed in this tragic accident and those victims who were injured.

In situations where a train collides with a vehicle, especially a commercial vehicle, there may be multiple parties responsible for damages, injuries and death resulting. If you’ve lost a loved one in a train accident, call our Midland train accident lawyers for a free consultation today. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys have the support of on-staff private investigators, who immediately begin gathering evidence related to serious train and commercial vehicle accidents while seeking just compensation for injuries and loss. We care. We can help.

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