National Transportation Safety Board & Union Pacific

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. government investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation. The Union Pacific Railroad , headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the United States. 2.7/5

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Breaking: MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A Texas prosecutor says a grand jury will consider the case involving a train collision that killed four veterans who were riding on a parade float. Midland County assistant district attorney Eric Kalenak said Thursday that a newly impaneled grand jury is scheduled to hear the case Wednesday. He declined to say whether the office is recommending an indictment in the Nov. 15 accident. The veterans died when a flatbed truck they were riding on was struck by a Union Pacific train traveling 62 mph. The truck was the second float in a parade organized to honor wounded veterans and their wives. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Union Pacific said last month it was adjusting the timing of the crossing signal where the collision occurred.
DALLAS (AP) — Union Pacific says it's adjusting the timing of the West Texas railroad crossing signal where a collision last month killed four military veterans riding in a parade. Company spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza-Williams said Friday that the railroad will "improve buffer time" at the signal in Midland "over and above" federal regulations. The four veterans were on a float struck by a train going 62 mph. The National Transportation Safety Board has said the signal activated 20 seconds before the train's arrival, the minimum standard under federal regulations, and that the driver ventured onto the track prematurely. Espinoza-Williams says the company tested the signal and decided to make the unspecified time adjustment to "further ensure" it's in compliance. Texas Department of Transportation records indicate the crossing was designed for a 30-second warning.
UPDATE: Officials with National Transportation Safety Board will be taking over the train accident investigation for Union Pacific. We're told Officials with...
This is so sad. Prayers to all involved. Train crashes into trailer carrying veterans 32 min ago 4 people are dead and 17 people have been transported to a hospital from the accident, according to a city spokesman. MIDLAND, Texas — Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans. City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout says the crash happened at a Union Pacific Railroad crossing around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Stout says 10 of those injured are in critical condition at Midland Memorial Hospital, while the seven others are in stable condition. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the NTSB is investigating. A message left with a Union Pacific spokeswoman was not returned. The parade was supposed to end at a "Hunt for Heroes" banquet. The wounded service members were then going to be treated to a deer-hunting trip this weekend.
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