Veterans sue railroad over fatal crash in Texas

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -- Two veterans and their wives are suing the railroad company whose train hit a truck carrying wounded veterans and their spouses during a parade in Texas.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Midland, Texas, says negligence on the part of Union Pacific Railroad Inc. and Smith Industries Inc., the company that owned the truck, led to the Nov. 15 accident that killed four veterans.

The truck was hit as it crossed railroad tracks during a parade honoring the veterans for their military service.

The lawsuit also seeks a hearing on the veterans' request to preserve equipment used by the two companies, including the train's "black box" and video recordings from the truck.

The lawsuit was filed by veterans Richard Sanchez and Todd King and their wives. They are seeking unspecified damages.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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