There is heartbreak in Midland, Texas, just one day after a horrific train crash killed four veterans.
Three of the four were from North Carolina including: Army Sgt. Major Lawrence Boiven and Army Sgt. Major William Lubbers from Fayetteville and Chief Warrant Officer Gary Stouffer of Hubert in Onslow County.
Thursday afternoon, a float carrying wounded service members and their spouses to an honorary banquet was crossing the tracks when a Union Pacific train hit it.
A couple rushed to help Boiven. They said Boiven pushed his wife off the float to save her.
On Friday, Stouffer’s brother mourned him and relived memories.
“Him and I always had good times, and I lived far away,” Stouffer said. “And when I saw him, we had good times.”
A new report revealed Friday the train was traveling at 62 miles per hour when it hit the float. The conductor was going below the speed limit and applied the emergency brake. Investigators have recovered video from the train, but have not released it.
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