Officials: Vets' float crossed track after signals

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 17 at 10:26 PM

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -- Federal investigators say the warning signals at a railroad crossing in West Texas were activated before a parade float crossed the tracks in an accident that killed military veterans.

National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind made that announcement at a news conference Saturday. He said the signals had been activated seven seconds before the float crossed the tracks.

Four veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan were killed Thursday when a freight train slammed into the parade float in Midland. Sixteen people were injured.

Rosekind said the NTSB reconstructed the accident using video cameras from the train and a sheriff's vehicle.

He said the train started sounding its horn nine seconds before it hit the float. The train engineer also used the emergency brake five second before the crash.

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