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And investigators are examining the scene of a horrific train crash that happened in Midland Texas.
-- Union Pacific freight train slammed into a parade -- that was carrying wounded US military service members and their families.
-- had to be on his way to a banquet honoring the veterans on Thursday afternoon at least four people were killed.
More than a dozen injured.
They did and I am in the field and he came around and moves on the hands to -- -- -- -- So you know it's it's need this to happen.
That's the -- with the families.
Awful awful accident Casey -- is live there Midland now so Casey what's the latest on this.
Well Martha it's a very active scene right behind me this morning on the -- out of the way and let you see investigators at work -- hard to federal investigators of course with the NTSB -- National Transportation.
Safety Board working back there are more are on the way of course everyone this morning trying to figure out.
How the heck this happened the parade float.
Was carrying 26 people total twelve veterans of the twelve of their spouses and two civilian escorts.
It was heading to a hunt for heroes banquet when it went through -- railroad crossing.
The train reportedly sounded its horn as dozens of onlookers watched in horror.
-- I -- with these guys today and we had a lunch some of you with us.
And we were able to meet.
He rose -- her hands and.
So personally -- their wives.
Truly was an honor to be in -- present is these guys are true American heroes.
One is still critical this morning a spokesperson with Union Pacific railroad says that the crossing gate and the lights.
Were functional at this crossing but some eyewitnesses -- say that they -- Was not to operate.
That was the -- down Casey at the time.
That's what's really unclear right now you know how sometimes they gates go down I mean we've all been at these intersections and they get stuck.
And -- -- -- way you can maneuver around that we do not know if that is what happened in this case but what we do know.
Was that there was another float another parade float ahead of this one that safely.
Cleared the crossing then as the second one tried to do so the collision.
Once the horn sounded there were reports of some people.
Jumping off of the -- is if they had some kind of a heads up.
And some -- made it out of the way just in time.
-- side note here out of approximately 140000.
Public railroad crossings.
In this country -- up only about 52%.
Of them have.
Active warning functions and -- sad story thank you very much.
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