Parade float driver thought train was stationary prior to crash

05/22/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Texas – A parade float driver involved in a collision with a train has said he thought the oncoming train appeared to not be moving prior to the Midland crash. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Dale Hayden, who has not spoken publicly about the November accident, spoke with federal investigators in an interview in February.

Hayden is quoted as stating to investigators, “When I looked in the right mirror, that’s when I saw the flashing lights. But at first it didn’t register. It just — to me there was just flashing lights, more flashing lights.

“But (the train) looked like it was just sitting there. It didn’t — I didn’t see it moving or anything. To me, it was just sitting there.”

Four veterans were fatally injured in the accident. Several lawsuits have been filed against Union Pacific railroad network for negligence.

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