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Four die as train hits US parade float in Texas

Four people have been killed and 17 others injured after a train hit a parade float on its way to an event honouring wounded veterans in Texas. Officials in the city of Midland say the crash happened at a Union Pacific railroad crossing at about 16:30 local time (2200 GMT) on Thursday. Ten of those injured are in a critical condition.

The float, carrying US veterans and their wives, was on its way to the Hunt for Heroes banquet. The veterans were then going to participate in an all-weekend hunting trip.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says his agency is investigating the crash. According to officials, the float hit by the train was the second being pulled along the parade route, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported.

“I’ve been through five combat tours, and this is worse than probably, getting blown up,” Michael Morris, who said a good friend had died in the accident, told the Odessa-American.

Union Pacific officials said the eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float.

Spokesman Tom Lange said their preliminary investigation indicates the crossing gate and lights were working at the time, though he said he did not know if the train crew had seen the float approaching.

“There is going to be a very thorough investigation,” Mr Lange said. “It’s obviously a very tragic incident.”

Source: BBC News

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