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BobLoblaw Nov 16, 7:15 p.m.
Geez, all of these guys deserved to be honored. Instead, some dumb truck driver parks on the tracks and boxes himself in. Unbelievable and tragic waste of life was the result. Very sorry for their spouses and the families who witnessed this event. I hope the right person/party is held responsible.
busyb97 Nov 16, 7:04 p.m.
Why on earth did the driver cross the tracks?? Whether or not the train schedule was looked up, or they contacted the train company to adjust the schedule for the parade (??), a driver should NEVER park on a track! A parade is moving slow enough, he had to have seen it coming....unless the parade stopped ahead unexpected??
What a sickening thought of those people on the float watching that train bare down on them and not be able to do much about it!
atheistswillrule Nov 16, 7:02 p.m.
we need to trust that God knows what he is doing. asdf1234
asjdiw Nov 16, 6:40 p.m.
we need to trust that God knows what he is doing.
delilahk2000 Nov 16, 6:32 p.m.
MY COMMENTS FOR SAYING NO MORE THAN ANY ONE ELSE IS SAYING.....THANKS GOLO
stormtrooper76 Nov 16, 6:02 p.m.
Very sad indeed...
Rest In Peace my fellow brothers in arms.
Not_Time_Yet Nov 16, 5:58 p.m.
Every time this sort of thing happens I'm still amazed at how people want to blame the train. Never, ever pull onto a track crossing unless you have to room to get entirely clear, the train CANNOT stop. This was just a waste of life, no reason at all for those people to die other than stupidity on the part of the driver.
zenonx6 Nov 16, 5:36 p.m.
Who made up a parade route with a rail road crossing... Sounds like Russian Roulette to me.
Scubagirl Nov 16, 5:07 p.m.
The more I think about this tragic accident the more I ask myself...."how the HELLO could this happen?" Now I know the physics and all that but trains run on a schedule, trucks get stuck on tracks with some frequency, parades run on a schedule sorta....you would THINK that someone would have thought of that?! I'm so sorry for the families of those killed and I know the driver is devastated as well. Condolences to them all.
Ms.Manda Nov 16, 4:31 p.m.
Lambo- they were wounded veterans...maybe some had very limited mobility? I'm there with you in the thought tho. They HAD to have heard or at least seen the train coming...
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 16, 4:22 p.m.
Please don't ever stop on the tracks people. If it even at all looks like there's not room ahead stay behind the line.
Worth repeating. You see this all the time.
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 16, 4:12 p.m.
the second truck's trailer was still on the crossing as the train approached.
The driver of the second truck should absolutely be charged.
Zoo007 Nov 16, 4:11 p.m.
this is a very weird story. IT IS FLAT AS A PANCAKE in Midland TX so... #1 - how does a driver not see a train coming down the tracks then #2 how does a group of people sitting on a flat bed of that tractor not have time to jump off? you can see for about 10 miles in any direction in West Texas and guess what..you know where the train is going to be, there is a TRACK to tell you. Very Odd Story.
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 16, 3:55 p.m.
My condolences to all the families in their loss. May God/Jesus bring all of you peace and comfort in the days ahead. All of you are in my prayers.
mattcli Nov 16, 3:26 p.m.
As if these vets haven't suffered enough, now this happens. People use the word tragedy a lot, but it can't fit any situation better. Please don't ever stop on the tracks people. If it even at all looks like there's not room ahead stay behind the line.
ezLikeSundayMorning Nov 16, 3:12 p.m.
That is too sad for words...
Lamborghini Mercy Nov 16, 3:11 p.m.
We're the people on the float not able to get off the float? Surely they saw the train coming, and whoever drove that float certainly timed the crossing all wrong.
cjs10600 Nov 16, 2:41 p.m.
Praying for the survivors and family of the ones lost.
perryhildrethhow Nov 16, 2:36 p.m.
I was referring to 60 or 40 making little or no difference in the train's ability to stop. Yes, it is possible more could have jumped to safety had the train been moving slower. Still this whole thing likely would not have happened if someone had simply notified UP of the parade.
anne53ozzy Nov 16, 1:55 p.m.
I am so sorry for the families
Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 16, 1:53 p.m.
tgentry - "Why did the truck drive onto the tracks when he had no where to go because of the truck in front of him?"
That's a good question, since you never block train tracks, but we see it all the time in Fuquay Varina. Some people just have no sense.
Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 16, 1:52 p.m.
Did no one check the train schedule before planning the timing for this parade?
Praying for those who lost loved ones, and for the healing of the injured.
mm23 Nov 16, 1:42 p.m.
Don't EVER stop on the tracks! I see it all too frequently here around Apex and Cary- people are in a hurry to be one of the first two cars at the intersection so they will not get stopped by closing gates. Too many times the back end of their car is either on the track or close enough for a train to hit them. And when I see this I try to stay well behind the track becuse I do not want to be close enough to prevent someone from getting to safety if they need to back up, or close enough to get his with flying debri when something tragic happens. Use some sense.
If it is confirmed that all equipment was operational (gates, lights) this is not a RR safety issue, it is a terrible human error. Just awful.
corey3rd Nov 16, 1:36 p.m.
So something going 50% faster makes no difference? How many more people could have gotten free with a few extra moments to fully react?
perryhildrethhow Nov 16, 1:27 p.m.
I would like to know if the town of Midland notified Union Pacific that there would be parade crossing the tracks and given UP the approximate time the parade would cross the tracks.With this information, it's possible UP could have held the train until the parade had cleared the tracks. That said, I agree with the other posters that you should NEVER stop on railroad tracks. Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this senseless accident. As for the speed of the train, 60 or 40 would have made little or no difference. It would have taken a mile or more for the train to stop. Also, prayers for the train crew. They saw the float but were totally helpless as far as stopping in time. Ultimate responsibility lies with the driver of the float for stopping on the tracks.
tgentry1005 Nov 16, 1:14 p.m.
Why did the truck drive onto the tracks when he had no where to go because of the truck in front of him? The speed of the train did not cause this accident. The difference in 40 or 60 would not have prevented the accident. The truck not going onto the tracks until he could do so without stopping was the problem...
corey3rd Nov 16, 1:05 p.m.
The train was allowed to go 60 mph instead of 40 mph through that town after Texas through speed limits for trains were too harsh. Will the anti-regulations crowd explain that these lives were sacrificed for the good of the free market?
orangemoonlite Nov 16, 12:26 p.m.
atheistswillrule Nov 16, 12:23 p.m.
Why did the Vets remain with the float when it got stuck? Shame - they probably all served where people were trying to kill them only to come home and die this way. taxman
The float was occupied with " War wounded soldiers". It's not like they could backflip off of the float when they saw the train coming. Reading comprehension is a beautiful thing.
dgcreech Nov 16, 12:21 p.m.
"Or have the parade route avoid a rail line altogether? - Skywatch_NC"
That's not easily an option since many small towns were formed on or around railroads since that's how they originally performed much of their trade. Between railways and major highways and interstates, this was their way of life. Larger cities/towns and newer cities/towns don't necessarily have this issue but smaller ones still do. Living in Johnston County, I can tell you that nearly every city or town here (that has a parade for Thanksgiving or Christmas) has a railway going through it.
Alternatively, I agree with others, that you should never stop on a track, regardless of the size of your vehicle or if you know you will be moving within seconds.
ellengraham5660 Nov 16, 12:17 p.m.
This was just the absolute worst tragedy.......adding insult to vets already injured from wars.........how awful. So saddened by this...............
Scubagirl Nov 16, 12:16 p.m.
what a horrible story and event for all.
ICTrue Nov 16, 12:13 p.m.
A professional driver should never have been in this situation...there are no words.
Reformed Liberal Nov 16, 12:10 p.m.
DON'T STOP ON THE TRACKS! PERIOD! If you don't have you to get all the way across then wait till the vehicle in front or whatever moves out of the way. If the drive survived I hope he is charged with negligent homicide.
Skywatch_NC Nov 16, 12:08 p.m.
But it was a tragedy that could have easily been avoided.
ladyblue Nov 16, 11:59 a.m.
Darn now that is just a sad situation. to think the soldier made it all the way through the war and coming home..and the other lives gone. my heart goes outto these families.. and seems like some just can't avoid chattering away about what they think instead of the heart of the story here. we lost two fine men it seems..
mewubbau Nov 16, 11:42 a.m.
What a horrible tragedy.....that could have been avoided. NO matter what you do not stop on tracks, you should not pull forward if you don't have room for your ENTIRE vehicle! (and anything you are pulling!) My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved, especially those who lost a loved one.
forgivenbygrace Nov 16, 11:37 a.m.
I agree with Chrisnrali, Commercial drivers know better than to stop on the railroad tracks at ANYTIME. I will not do that in my car, ever! There is a set of tracks near my church and on the way home every day,and is seldom used, BUT, I still will not stop there while waiting for the stop light just a short distance ahead. I pray that the families of the victims will find peace but also for the driver because he knows that this was his fault for not stopping short of the tracks until the distance between him and the truck in front was ample for him to proceed!
Skywatch_NC Nov 16, 11:19 a.m.
Or have the parade route avoid a rail line altogether?
Prayers and thoughts with all.
pause to consider Nov 16, 11:13 a.m.
What a tragedy! Why did the parade organizers not take the train tracks and train schedules into account? Such a costly lesson, too.
Mr. Middle of the Road Nov 16, 11:09 a.m.
A real tragedy. Railroad tracks are not something to be messed with.
chrisnrali Nov 16, 10:35 a.m.
Charge the driver. Parade or not, no reason to be on the tracks without room on the other side for your vehicle. There is NO way a truck was "trapped" on the crossing by a vehicle in front of it. Put in gear and push whatever is in the way out of the way.
Rebelyell55 Nov 16, 10:08 a.m.
This is terrible and a reminder that train crossing are danagerous, alway, alway leave room for escape and not let someone "trap" you at the crossing.
Tax Man Nov 16, 9:53 a.m.
Shame to lose these heroes in such a preventable accident. God Bless them and their families. Why was the train not warned to stop? Why did the Vets remain with the float when it got stuck? Shame - they probably all served where people were trying to kill them only to come home and die this way.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03