Driver named in Texas parade crash
by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press
November 20, 2012 12:00 PM | 590 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mark Thomas and his son Samuel deposit flowers at the site where trailer that was carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train Midland, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Fed-eral authorities started an investigation into the accident while the town mourns the death of four veterans after a Union Pacific train slammed into the trailer. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
Mark Thomas and his son Samuel deposit flowers at the site where trailer that was carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train Midland, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Fed-eral authorities started an investigation into the accident while the town mourns the death of four veterans after a Union Pacific train slammed into the trailer. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
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Midland Mayor Wes Perry speaks during a candlelight vigil held at Centennial Plaza in Midland, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in honor of the people involved in an accident where a Union Pacific train struck a float carrying military veterans on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Four veterans were killed, including one from the San Antonio area. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Edward A. Ornelas)
Midland Mayor Wes Perry speaks during a candlelight vigil held at Centennial Plaza in Midland, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in honor of the people involved in an accident where a Union Pacific train struck a float carrying military veterans on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Four veterans were killed, including one from the San Antonio area. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Edward A. Ornelas)
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The driver of a parade float that collided with a Union Pacific train in West Texas, killing four veterans, has been identified.

Two attorneys with knowledge of the case say Dale Andrew Hayden was the driver in last week’s crash that also left 17 people injured.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to release the information publicly.

The San Antonio Express-News, which first reported Hayden’s name, says the 50-year-old is a military veteran.

Hayden’s attorney, Hal Brockett, did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board says oilfield services company Smith Industries owns the truck involved in the crash in Midland.

On Tuesday, federal investigators plan to re-enact the events that led up to the collision.

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