Yesterday there was a horrible tragedy here in Midland. The details as to how it all happened aren’t exactly known, or at least weren’t the last I heard, but a train hit a parade float. There was a parade honoring some wounded veterans yesterday before what was supposed to be a night of festivities. Unfortunately a float was caught on a train track and the train was unable to stop. On the float were several wounded warriors and their families.
Four people died during the accident. These men were Army SGM Gary Stouffer, Army SGM Lawrence Boivin, Army SGT Joshua Michael, and Army SGM William Lubbers. Michael and Boivin died after saving their wives, pushing them out of harms way. Another 17 people were injured.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of these veterans. We thank them for their service to our country and to their families.