Cross­ing ad­justed where train hit float

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Union Pa­cific said it is ad­just­ing the tim­ing of the West Texas rail­road cross­ing sig­nal where a col­li­sion last month killed four mil­i­tary veter­ans par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pa­rade.

Com­pany spokes­woman Raquel Espinoza­Wil­liams said Fri­day that the rail­road will “im­prove buf­fer time” at the sig­nal in Mid­land “over and above” fed­eral reg­u­la­tions.

The four veter­ans were on a float struck by a train go­ing 62 mph.

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board has said that the sig­nal ac­ti­vated 20 sec­onds be­fore the train’s ar­rival, the min­i­mum stan­dard un­der fed­eral reg­u­la­tions, and that the driver ven­tured onto the track pre­ma­turely.

Espinoza-Wil­liams said the com­pany tested the sig­nal and de­cided to make the un­spec­i­fied time ad­just­ment to “fur­ther en­sure” that it is in

Vol­un­teers at­tempt to move a dead whale on a Matagorda County beach. Of­fi­cials will leave it on the beach un­til they have a re­moval plan.

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