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Midland Train Crash Unfolded in Just 20 Seconds

NTSB releases timeline of crash with parade float

By Juan Carlos Llorca
|  Sunday, Nov 18, 2012  |  Updated 12:24 PM CDT
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NTSB: Signals Activated Before Float on Tracks


Midland police, fire and sheriffs respond to an accident where a trailer carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train in Midland on Thursday, killing four.

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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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A harrowing train crash in West Texas that killed four war veterans unfolded in a rapid-fire 20 seconds -- from the time the crossing bells and lights activated to the collision.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a detailed timeline Saturday, pieced together from video images on the train, a sheriff's car and the train's equivalent of a black box.

The parade was organized by a group called Show of Support. Group member Michael McKinney says the truck was donated.

According to the timeline, the truck entered the tracks after the warning lights had gone off.

The veterans and their spouses had only seconds to jump off. At the same time, the train conductor pulled the emergency brake in an attempt to come to a screeching halt.

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