Couples file lawsuit in collision involving train and parade float

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Updated: 11/29/2012 4:29 am
Attorneys for two couples filed suit in a train collision with a parade float in Midland that killed four people.

Sergeants Richard Sanchez and Todd King and their wives are suing Union Pacific Railroad and Smith Industries, which owned the truck pulling the float carrying wounded veterans and their spouses.

The plaintiffs' attorney, Kevin Glasheen of Lubbock, says newly released information supports one of several allegations in the lawsuit.

"These lights and gates gave a 20-second warning time. TxDOT just released the design that was approved for this crossing today (Wednesday), and it shows the crossing was designed to give a 30-second warning time," Glasheen said. "Federal regulations and the U.P. Railroad's agreement with the state require that the railroad maintain the lights and gates."

Sgt. Sanchez is credited with pushing his wife, Heather, to safety during the collision. He suffered a fractured spine. Heather Sanchez sustained less serious injuries.
Staff Sgt. Todd King and his wife Laci also received non life-threatening wounds. Glasheen says other clients are expected to be added as plaintiffs to the lawsuit. It requests a jury determine compensatory and exemplary damages.
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Missouri1 - 11/30/2012 12:46 AM
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Pointspread Pauper page 11. Let's see. Like 80% of the passive collisions would be eliminated with lights and gates per our government. The other 20% ---failed signals---Railroad fault short timed signals ---railroad fault vehicles stalled---railroad fault (no video equipment} vehicles hung up on the humps---railroad fault the second train blocking the view of the moving train---railroad fault for not staggering trains icy unattended approaches-- railroad fault sun glare blocked out signals---railroad fault (signals and trains lighting sucks} failed vehicle brakes--- No fault either way driver medical problems --no fault either way--- driver accidentally hits accelerator---no fault either way vehicle is rear ended and knocked onto crossing ---railroads fault (the approaches suck) FACTS a real Operation Lifesaver would be stating instead of downplaying gate importance. Civilians ran down like dogs ---Railroads fault . No lookouts ---video equipment.

ronmelancon - 11/29/2012 6:14 AM
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Is is not all the Railroads is the permits...the safety protocols....and the person who put all these people onto an unapproved people mover. we warned NTSB years ago....that Nationwide nobody thinks outside the box and offered solutions that would have prevented this....we have and tried.
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