BREAKING: Train Crash Float Driver Identified - NTSB to Re-Enact Accident Today - Road Closures Due to Re-Enactment - Status of the Injured 11/20/12
CBS 7 News / Associated Press
November 20, 2012
DRIVER'S NAME RELEASED:
The driver of the parade float that collided with a
Union Pacific train last Thursday, killing four veterans and injuring sixteen others, has been identified.
Two attorneys with knowledge of the case say Dale Andrew Hayden was the
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to
release the information publicly.
The San Antonio Express-News, which first reported Hayden's name, says the
50-year-old is a military veteran.
Hayden's attorney, Hal Brockett, did not immediately return a message
seeking comment today.
The National Transportation Safety Board says oilfield services company
Smith Industries owns the truck involved in the crash.
ACCIDENT RE-ENACTMENT TODAY:
Federal investigators plan to re-enact the factors that contributed to the “Hunt for Heroes” veterans parade train crash last Thursday.
The National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled the test for this afternoon at the Union Pacific railroad crossing at Garfield and Front Street, where the crash happened.
NTSB officials are investigating eight specific areas, including the railroad signals, human performance, and survival tactics.
Specifically today, they plan to conduct a “sight distance test,” where a similar train engine and big rig will be brought to the accident scene to re-construct the event.
The purpose of the test is to determine at what time and distance the Union Pacific freight train conductor saw the "Show of Support Hunt For Heroes" parade float that the train ultimately hit.
Due to the accident re-enactment, the railroad crossing at South Garfield Street will be closed today at 12 PM.
The intersection of South Garfield Street and West Front Street will also close around 1 PM.
Both intersections--and the railroad crossing between them--are expected to open at 4 PM today.
STATUS OF THE INJURED:
One person remains hospitalized in Midland with injuries from the accident.
Midland city spokesman Ryan Stout says Midland Memorial Hospital had transferred a critically injured patient to a hometown hospital after the patient's condition was stabilized. Hospital spokeswoman Marcy Madrid says she doesn't know where the patient was transferred.
Madrid says that leaves one patient in stable condition at the hospital who will eventually also be transferred to a hometown hospital.