Float Driver Won't Face Charges In Train Crash

By: KAKE News / Associated Press Email
By: KAKE News / Associated Press Email

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

A grand jury has declined to indict the driver of a parade float involved in a train collision that killed four U.S. military veterans, including one from Kansas.

The panel decided Wednesday that Dale Andrew Hayden won't face charges in the Nov. 15 accident in West Texas that killed four veterans who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The flatbed truck Hayden was driving was hit by a Union Pacific train traveling at 62 mph. The truck was the second float in a parade organized to honor wounded veterans and their wives.

One of those veterans killed was 43-year-old Kansas native Sgt. Major William Lubbers. He was born in Hutchinson and raised in Benton and Lenexa. He graduated in 1987 from Olathe North High School. His wife was also in injured.

Relatives of the 43-year-old man said he always wanted to serve his family and country. He served four tours overseas and was injured while in combat in Afghanistan.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the accident.

Union Pacific Corp. said in December that it was adjusting the timing of the crossing signal where the collision occurred.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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