Four killed in Texas as train hits parade float carrying veterans

A freight train crashed into a parade float carrying U.S. military veterans and their spouses in Midland, Texas on Thursday, killing four people and injuring at least 16, police and parade organizers said.

Two of the victims died at the scene and two others at a Midland hospital, police said, Reuters reports.

One of those hospitalized was in critical condition and one was airlifted to a medical facility in Lubbock, a police statement said late on Thursday. Four others were in stable condition and 10 were treated and released, the statement said.

Police earlier in the day had said that 10 people were in critical condition and a total of 17 people were injured.

The tragedy happened as two flatbed trailers carrying veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, some who suffered major injuries in combat, attempted to cross railroad tracks during the “Hunt for Heroes” parade.

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