quote<<'"The eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float around 4:40 p.m. in Midland, Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange said. A preliminary investigation indicates the crossing gate and lights were working at the time, Lange said, though he didn't know if the train crew saw the float approaching.">>
It wouldn't matter if the crew saw the float or not, we all know that. I just can't understand why the driver of the truck tried to go around the gates in the first place, as I read in the Huffpost version of this story; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/1 ... 40886.html
As usual when a vehicle is struck by a train, a needless tragedy that could have been avoided. Some of the stories I've heard however, make it sound as if the train just appeared out of nowhere, and deliberatly crashed into the float. Typical, blame the railroad.
My heart goes out to the victims and their famlies, just the same, as well as the U.P. crew.