Judge Recuses Himself From Texas Train Crash Suit

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013  |  Updated 12:49 PM CDT
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Judge Recuses Himself From Texas Train Crash Suit

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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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A judge has recused himself from a lawsuit centered on a West Texas train crash into a parade that killed four veterans last year.

The San Antonio Express-News reports state District Judge Rodney Satterwhite stepped aside from the case without explanation. Satterwhite didn't return a call from The Associated Press Tuesday.

A retired judge from Big Spring, Robert H. Moore III, has been appointed to replace him.

Nine of the 12 couples on the float the train hit at 62 mph Nov. 15 have filed suit, accusing Union Pacific of negligence. The railroad says Midland County and city officials and the parade organizer failed to exercise "ordinary care" in parade plans.

The accident remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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