Driver Won’t Be Charged In Deadly Veterans Parade Crash

The driver of the truck that towed the parade float struck by a train in Midland killing four wounded veterans won’t be charged.


MIDLAND (December 7, 2012)—Officials in Midland where four wounded veterans died when a train slammed into the parade float on which they were riding say the driver of the truck that was towing the float won't be charged.

Midland spokeswoman Sara Higgins says no charges will be filed against Dale Andrew Hayden, of Midland.

She also said the police report on the crash soon will be sent to the Midland County district attorney.

Assistant District Attorney Steve Stallings told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that no decision on charges will come until the report is completed.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said board investigators haven't questioned Hayden and Higgins wouldn't say if Midland police had done so.

Four veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan were killed and 16 more people were injured in the Nov. 15 collision.

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