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Ga. Couple Injured in Fatal Texas Parade Float Crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Midland police, fire and sheriffs respond to an accident where a trailer carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train in Midland, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

Midland police, fire and sheriffs respond to an accident where a trailer carrying wounded veterans in a parade was struck by a train in Midland, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. "Show of Support" president and founder Terry Johnson tells the Midland Reporter-Telegram that there are "multiple, multiple" injuries and organizers still are trying to account for everyone. (AP Photo/Reporter-Telegram, Tim Fischer)

HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) -- Holly Springs police say a 40-year-old officer and his wife were among those injured when a train collided with a float carrying wounded veterans during a parade in Texas.

Police department spokeswoman Tanya Anderson said Friday that Officer Shane Ladner, a two-year department veteran, and his wife, Meg, had been hospitalized after the accident, which left four dead and 16 others injured.

Anderson said Ladner was treated and released, and that his wife's leg had to be amputated.

The couple traveled to Texas in a group selected by Hunt for Heroes, an organization that highlights the sacrifices of wounded veterans.

Anderson said Hunt for Heroes arranged for a police department chaplain to visit Ladner Friday morning.


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