The Midland, Texas train collision which killed and injured veterans and their wives was a case of out-and-out carelessness and poor judgment on the part of the parade planners and the driver of the float truck.
Primarily, one would never plan a parade or any group function which has to cross an ‘active’ train line. And secondly, the truck driver was in error for not leaving enough emergency exit room behind the float in front of him for quick exit from the track area. That’s just common sense practice when traffic backs up at a crossing.
Maybe the old crossing signs should be erected once again with people being re-educated: “Train Time Is Any Time.” When it comes to a freight train, if it’s proceeding at any significant speed, it’s not going to be able to avoid a collision as occurs time and time again. Don’t be blaming the train crew.