Plaintiffs Added to Lawsuit in Parade Train Wreck
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)
A lawsuit over the crash of a Union Pacific freight train into a parade float carrying military veterans is expanding.
Eight more people and the family of one of the four veterans killed in the crash have joined the lawsuit against Union Pacific and a Midland company that owned the truck that towed the float.
A truck owned by Smith Industries Inc. in Midland was towing the second float in a parade organized to honor wounded veterans and their wives.
Lubbock lawyer Kevin Glasheen said in a Wednesday statement that the family of Joshua Michael of San Antonio has joined the suit, along with four couples. Michael is one of four men killed in the crash. They join two other couples as plaintiffs.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
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