Heroic Veterans Save Wives in Horrible Accident With Texas Train (+video)

Police have identified the four servicemen who died in Midland, Texas when a freight train plowed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans and their spouses at a crossing, two of whom saved their wives by pushing them to safety before they died.

Army Sgt. Maj. Gary Stouffer, 37, and 47-year-old Army Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin were pronounced dead at the scene, police said, after the float carrying wounded veterans and their families to an honorary banquet was struck by a Union Pacific train around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The train struck as the parade was crossing the tracks, turning the honorary event into a scene of destruction.

Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, and 43-year-old Army Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers were transported from the scene and later pronounced dead at Midland Memorial Hospital, according to the Midland Police.

Seventeen people in all were transported to the hospital and 10 were treated and released. Four people were in stable condition and one is in critical condition as of this morning.

Michael was killed in the crash but was able to save his wife, his mother-in-law told the Amarillo Globe-News. Read more from this story HERE.

  • wandamurline

    Why didn’t the float stop while the train passed…the train cannot stop on a dime, so the float should have stopped for the train to pass. What is with this “train plows into float”….sounds to me like there was someone driving the float that wasn’t watching what the heck he was doing. It is a sad day, but don’t blame the train, blame the float.

  • sandraleesmith46

    There are MANY as yet unanswered questions about the whys this happened; but ONE thing shines through;; our HEROES are still among us; and 4 of them died, AGAIN, in this tragedy, which I’m about certain could and should have been prevented. I truly hope they can now rest at peace, and that our Creator will afford their wives and families some peace over them as well!