NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


May 21, 2013

As part of its continuing investigation into an accident in which a freight train struck a parade float at a grade crossing in Texas, the National Transportation Safety Board will open the public accident docket releasing hundreds of pages of documents on Wednesday, May 22.

On November 15, 2012, at about 4:35 p.m. CT, a Union Pacific freight train stuck a flatbed semi-trailer being used as a parade float at a grade crossing in Midland, Texas. The vehicle was being used as a “Hunt for Heroes” parade float, sponsored by the “Show of Support” nonprofit organization honoring U.S. military men and women. As a result of the accident, four parade float passengers were killed, and five float passengers were seriously injured.

The documents being released are factual in nature and do not provide any analysis. They include interview transcripts, photographs, and other documents from the investigation. All of these materials will be made available at 10:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 22 on the following page of the NTSB’s website:


Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.

This will be a document release only; no interviews will be conducted.

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.