NTSB To Re-Enact Deadly Veterans Parade Crash Tuesday

MIDLAND (November 20, 2012)—National Transportation Safety Board investigators plan to re-enact the factors that converged, leading to a deadly crash involving a train and a float on which veterans and their wives were riding after a parade in Midland.

Four veterans were killed and 17 other people were injured in the crash.

The NTSB scheduled the test for Tuesday afternoon at the Union Pacific railroad crossing in western Midland where the crash happened.

One person remained hospitalized Tuesday in Midland with injuries from last week's crash involving a freight train and the veterans' parade float.

Midland city spokesman Ryan Stout says Midland Memorial Hospital transferred to a critically injured patient to a hometown hospital after the patient's condition was stabilized.

Hospital spokeswoman Marcy Madrid says she doesn't know where the patient was transferred.

Madrid says that leaves one patient in stable condition at the hospital who will eventually also be transferred to a hometown hospital.

Meanwhile the driver of the parade float struck by the Union Pacific train has been identified as Dale Andrew Hayden, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The NTSB says oilfield services company Smith Industries owns the truck involved in the crash in Midland.

Hayden’s attorney said Tuesday the driver is under a doctor's care and remains "very much in shock" after deadly crash.

Attorney Hal Brockett said Hayden, 50, is a veteran who served in Afghanistan and is now a truck driver for an oilfield services company.

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


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