published Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Parade where vets killed used route for 3 years

A flag flies at the scene of an accident where four veterans were killed and 16 other people were injured when a train slammed into a parade float carrying the returning heroes to a banquet last Thursday in Midland, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Federal investigators were trying to determine whether the two-float parade had been given enough warning to clear the tracks.
A flag flies at the scene of an accident where four veterans were killed and 16 other people were injured when a train slammed into a parade float carrying the returning heroes to a banquet last Thursday in Midland, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Federal investigators were trying to determine whether the two-float parade had been given enough warning to clear the tracks.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MIDLAND, Texas — Organizers of a parade in West Texas in which U.S. military veterans were killed when a train plowed into a truck had been using the same route for three years.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Mark Rosekind made that announcement Sunday.

Four war veterans were killed during the parade in Midland on Thursday.

Rosekind identified the company that donated the truck as oilfield services company Smith Industries. He said the company is cooperating with investigators.

Investigators have not released the identity of the driver. Rosekind say they expect to interview the driver on Monday.

According to its website, Smith Industries sells and manufactures oilfield service equipment.

Rick B. Smith, Smith Industries’ CEO and president, did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails seeking comment.

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