Second lawsuit filed in Midland train tragedy

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Updated: 12/28/2012 8:08 pm
The widow of one of four military veterans killed when their parade float was struck by a train at a Midland railroad crossing has filed a wrongful death suit. Catherine Stouffer, the wife of 37-year-old Gary Stouffer Jr., is seeking unspecified damages.      

It is the second lawsuit filed since a train struck a flatbed truck that was part of a Midland parade honoring wounded vets and their wives.

Among the suit's assertions is that Union Pacific was negligent for failing to maintain a safe crossing.
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Liberty Seeker - 12/30/2012 8:45 AM
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I have an inquiry about the crossing. Has any parade that had a valid permit, or any other vehicle, been in a collision at the crossing? Could it be that the crossing was designed for normal traffic? I wonder if the plaintiff is also filing against the parade organizers for their failure to obtain any permit, and for their failure to notify the railroad that they intended to transgress for an extended duration. I was under the assumption that the railroad had the right of way on their own tracks.
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