NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


October 31

The National Transportation Safety Board will meet to determine the probable cause of the November 2012 fatal grade-crossing accident involving a parade float in Texas.

At about 4:35 p.m. CT, on November 15, 2012, a truck-tractor combination unit being used as a "Hunt for Heroes" parade float was struck by a Union Pacific freight train at a grade crossing in Midland, Texas. As a result of the accident, four parade float passengers were killed, and five float passengers were seriously injured. Additionally, eight float passengers and a deputy sheriff received minor injuries. The two train crewmembers, the combination unit driver, and seven other float passengers were not injured.

Event: Board Meeting
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m. (ET)
Location: NTSB Board Room and Conference Center
Address: 429 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
City/State: Washington, DC 20594
Participants: NTSB Board Members

Live Webcast: A link to the webcast will be available on the following page shortly before the start of the meeting: http://www.capitolconnection.net/capcon/ntsb/ntsb.htm

Office of Public Affairs
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
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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.