Flatbed Trailer Driver in Nov. 2012 Railroad Crossing Accident Won't Face Trial
A Midland County grand jury yesterday decided against charging the driver of a flatbed trailer who went onto the tracks and collided with a train in November 2012. Four veterans were killed as a result of the railroad crossing incident.
The National Transportation Safety Board had said that the truck may not have been properly maintained, as we wrote about last month, in that the brakes may not have been functioning as they should have - although the driver himself may not have been paying attention because he slammed on the brakes not long before hitting the train.
Either way, the grand jury decided there wasn't enough evidence for the driver to stand trial for his role in the accident, according to the Odessa American report. The prosecutor said: "There was a lot of information in the police investigation and that's kind of what we presented to [the grand jury] ... It was a decision made after a lot of careful consideration of the evidence."