The train was sounding its horn and people were jumping off the decorated flatbed truck before the collision around 4:40 p.m. in Midland, according to witnesses and Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange. A preliminary investigation indicates the crossing gate and lights were working, Lange said, though he didn't know if the train crew saw the float approaching.
Many jumped from float before train rammed it, video
So sad, there was a float in front of them and they couldn't get off the tracks. I don't blame the train crew, those trains don't stop quickly.