CBS7 News in Midland, Texas, is reporting that at least four were killed when a train struck a parade float:

CBS 7 has just learned that a train has slammed into the “Hunt for Heroes” parade procession. Reports from the scene tell us that at least nine people have been seriously hurt in the wreck that happened at the train tracks near the intersection of Garfield and Highway 80.

Eyewitness on the scene tells CBS 7 that the crossing arms at the railroad crossing never came down. The Midland Reporter-Telegram is reporting two confirmed dead. CBS 7 confirmers both dead are veterans.

At last count, MPD Police Chief Price Robinson was reporting that four are dead and 10 in critical condition.

Prayer requests poured in quickly.

The Show of Support website gives a brief overview of the Hunt for Heroes program:

In an effort to show support to the men and women of our military forces a reception is held. Each year, U.S. Service Men and Women from different branches of our armed forces will be honored for their service to this country. The banquet will be held prior to their departure to participate in an all expense paid whitetail deer hunt. This is our way of saying “THANKS” West Texas style!


Twitchy will monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.