Four Killed in Texas Parade/Train Crash were Vets

Feds investigating incident


All four men killed when a freight train collided with a parade float honoring wounded American war veterans had served in the U.S. Army, police said on Friday, as investigators descended on the West Texas oil town of Midland to search the wreckage.

At least 16 other people were injured during the parade on Thursday at the start of what was meant to be a weekend of events including a banquet and a hunting expedition to salute U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Midland police identified the dead as: Sergeant Major Gary Stouffer, 37; Sergeant Major Lawrence Boivin, 47; Sergeant Major William Lubbers, 43; and Sergeant Joshua Michael, 34.