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A parade participants reacts Thursday after a trailer carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train in Midland, Texas. Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a Union Pacific train slammed into the parade float.

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Texas parade honoring war heroes ends in tragedy

Cheered on by a flag-waving crowd, a parade float filled with wounded veterans and their spouses was inching across a railroad track when the crossing gates began to lower and a freight train that seemed to come out of nowhere was suddenly bearing down on them, its horn blaring.

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