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The first truck crossed the tracks in time, but the second did not, according to Hamid Vatankhah, a witness who owns a used car lot near the scene of the crash.
Sirens from the police cars in the parade may have drowned out the sound of the approaching train, Vatankhah said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal records show there were 10 previous collisions at the same West Texas railroad crossing where a train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans and their families.
Records reviewed by The Associated Press from the Federal Railroad Administration show that five cars and five trucks have been struck by trains or rail equipment at the Garfield railroad crossing in Midland since 1979. Six drivers were injured in the accidents but there were no fatalities.
The trains involved in the previous collisions were moving slowly at the time of the accidents - between 15 miles per hour and 25 miles per hour.
Four veterans were killed and 16 other people were injured Thursday when a train struck a tractor-trailer truck towing the float that was stopped on the crossing.
Originally posted by darkhorserider
I'm wondering if the train struck the extreme rear of the trailer and whiplashed it around the truck throwing people off of the trailer? It would make sense the truck would go as far forward as possible hoping to get out of the way, maybe instead of t-boning the trailer, it just caught the trailer near the rear axles and spun it off the tracks? The people would still have gotten plenty of impact and been thrown aways, but it would make more sense why the trailer wasn't damaged worse, and how so many people were able to survive.