Midland Train Tragedy Pre-Trial Begins

 Permianbasin360.com published a story today that highlights the efforts of Kevin Glasheen of Glasheen, Valles, & Inderman who is representing some of the Midland victims injured in the November 2012 train wreck.  The story is reprinted below. Original source: http://www.permianbasin360.com/story/d/story/midland-train-tragedy-pre-trial-begins/39898/Sl033v-NJk2fq0QlLhqeAg

MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) – November 15th, 2012 forever changed the lives of several military families.”They’re all looking forward to their day in court to assign responsibility to this tragedy,” said Kevin Glasheen, the lawyer representing the victims’ families in the case.

Four veterans left dead after a freight train plows into a Show of Support Hunt for Heroes Parade float crossing the railroad tracks.

Glasheen tells Local Big 2 he blames the railroad crossing for the deadly crash.

“If the lights and gates had function as correctly, the gate would have come down right in front of that tractor trailer and there wouldn’t have been a wreck,” Glasheen said.

Glasheen says also places blame on the railroad company, Union Pacific.

“The railroad failed to maintain the lights and gates to provide the 30-second warning time that the system was designed to give,” Glasheen said.

However, Union Pacific says that’s simply not true, adding federal investigators agree with Union Pacific.

“The National Transportation Safety Board conducted a thorough review of this tragedy, and in it’s final report, concluded that the train operation and railway infrastructure were not factors in the grey-crossing collision or resulting injuries,” said Jeff Degraff, Union Pacific spokesman.

Union Pacific says it’s not able to comment on what it believes caused the crash.

The company says it’s already handed over thousands of pages of documents for these pre-trial hearings and will continue to cooperate.

“While we are committed to continuing to meet our legal discovery obligations, we asked the judge to intervene with regard to requests we felt were unreasonable and excessive,” Degraff said.