Train crash vs float driver no charges

Train Crash Versus Float Driver: No Charges

Wednesday, a grand jury declined to indict the driver of a parade float involved in a train collision that killed four US military veterans. Dale Andrew Hayden, the driver of the truck pulling the float, will not face charges for the November 15 accident in which four veterans who had served overseas died. There were 16 others injured in the crash.

The veterans had been riding on a flatbed truck that was hit by a Union Pacific train traveling at 62 mph. The truck was the second float in a parade to honor wounded veterans and their families. The accident remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, states the Huffington Post.

According to the NTSB, the railroad crossing warning system had begun its warning 20 seconds before the accident, and the guardrail began to come down seven seconds later. The float began crossing the train tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights had been blinking, Investigators say.

Union Pacific Corp. of Omaha, Nebraska announced in December that the timing of the crossing signal where the collision occurred was being adjusted.

Train crash kills four veterans