NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Launches Team to Grade Crossing Accident in Midland, Texas

November 15

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a go-team to an accident in Midland, Texas, in which a Union Pacific freight train struck a flatbed semi-trailer being used as a parade float at a grade crossing at about 4:40 pm CST today. Numerous fatalities and serious injuries have been reported.

Texas-based NTSB investigator Robert Accetta is leading the team as the Investigator-in-Charge. Two investigators are en route to the scene; the remainder of the team will travel to Texas tomorrow.

NTSB Board Member Mark Rosekind is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.

Public Affairs Officer Peter Knudson will also be in Texas to coordinate media related activities. He can be reached at (202) 557-1350 after arriving on scene tomorrow.

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NTSB Media Contact:
Office of Public Affairs
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
Peter Knudson



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.