74
      Wednesday
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      Float driver not to be charged according to authorities

      LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Officials in Midland aren't saying why they won't pursue criminal charges against the driver of the parade float that was struck by a train, killing four wounded veterans.

      City spokeswoman Sara Higgins said Friday that the police report isn't finished but investigators "wanted to get it out" that they won't file charges against Dale Andrew Hayden.

      She said the reasons against filing charges would be explained in the completed report, which will then go to the district attorney.

      Hayden was driving a flatbed truck carrying wounded veterans and their wives in a Nov. 15 parade when it collided with a Union Pacific train traveling 62 mph.

      The National Transportation Safety Board says Hayden ventured onto the track after the warning signals started flashing and before the arms had descended.

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