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Attorney: Driver in Texas Parade Crash 'In Shock'

By Betsy Blaney
|  Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012  |  Updated 10:53 AM CDT
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NTSB: Signals Activated Before Float on Tracks


Railroad investigators work the scene of an accident where four veterans were killed and 16 other people were injured when a train slammed into a parade float carrying the returning heroes to a banquet last Thursday in Midland, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Federal investigators were trying to determine whether the two-float parade had been given enough warning to clear the tracks. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

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Crash of Train Into Parade Float Investigated

Federal investigators are in Midland trying to determine how a train slammed into a parade float that was carrying wounded veterans, killing four and injuring 16.

NTSB: Float Driver Was Warned Before Collision With Train

Four US military veterans died when train struck parade float. 16 others injured. NTSB said the truck driver pulling the float had warning.
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The attorney for a parade float driver in a fatal train collision in West Texas says the driver is under a doctor's care and remains "very much in shock" after the incident.

Dale Andrew Hayden was identified Tuesday as the driver in last week's crash that left four veterans dead and 16 people injured.

Attorney Hal Brockett says Hayden is himself a veteran who served in Afghanistan. The 50-year-old is now a truck driver for an oilfield services company. He was driving a flatbed truck Thursday carrying two dozen veterans and their loved ones for a parade in their honor.

The truck was passing a railroad crossing when it was hit by a Union Pacific train.

Brockett says words can't express Hayden's "sorrow and remorse" for the victims.

Also on Tuesday, the NTSB said they plan to re-enact the deadly parade crash to try to determine exactly what happened.  The test has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Midland.

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