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Train hits trailer carrying wounded veterans in Texas parade; 4 dead
By NBC News staff

James Durbin / Midland Reporter-Telegram
Bystanders react after a flatbed tractor-trailer carrying wounded veterans and their families during a parade was struck by a train Thursday in Midland, Texas.
Updated at 12:43 a.m. ET: A train crashed into a tractor-trailer carrying wounded veterans and their spouses in a parade in Midland, Texas, killing at least four people, authorities told NBC News.

At least 17 people were hospitalized, city officials said. Twenty-four veterans and their spouses were on the tractor-trailer, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram. NBC station KWES of Midland said the tractor-trailer was part of the Show of Support / Hunt for Heroes parade carrying veterans and their spouses to a banquet in their honor. The benefit dinner was being put on by Show of Support, Military Hunt Inc. in Midland on Thursday night, according to the organization's website.
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Mayor Perry on veterans train tragedy 11.15.12

Early Edition: Four killed, 16 injured in parade accident
My West Texas
By Audrie Palmer and Sara Higgins

Four people were killed and 16 were injured Thursday night after a train struck a Show of Support parade float en route to an annual event at the Horseshoe.

Two of the individuals were killed at the scene, while two died at Midland Memorial Hospital. Two victims were transported to Lubbock and several others released from MMH late Thursday evening, said Chief Price Robinson of the Midland Police Department. Marcy Madrid at Midland Memorial Hospital told the Reporter-Telegram late Thursday that of the 16 injured admitted to Midland Memorial, 10 people were treated and released, four were still in stable condition, one was in critical condition and one was transported to Lubbock.

A float carrying veterans and their wives in the ninth annual Show of Support parade was struck by an eastbound train around 4:36 p.m. at the corner of Garfield Street and Industrial Avenue, Robinson said.

The parade was taking 24 veterans and their spouses from the DoubleTree by Hilton to the Horseshoe in south Midland.

According to officials, the trailer hit was the second of two that were pulling veterans near the end of the parade route. The first trailer had already crossed the train tracks.

The trailer was carrying 26 passengers -- 12 heroes, 12 spouses and two civilian escorts, Robinson said.

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