Midland, TX -- Four veterans, including three with ties to North Carolina ties, were killed Thursday when a train slammed into a parade float carrying the returning heroes to a banquet to honor them in West Texas, officials said Friday.
Marine chief Warrant Officer 3 Gary Stouffer, 37, and retired Army Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 47, died at the scene.
Stouffer was stationed at Camp Lejeune, while Boivin was director of support operations for K2 Solutions, Inc. in Southern Pines, which provides logistics, canine training and intelligence and threat management consulting services.
Army Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers, 43, who was stationed at Ft. Bragg, died at Midland Memorial Hospital.
Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, also died from the accident.
Lubbers' wife, Tiffany, was also injured in the crashed and was listed in serious condition at a Lubbock, TX hospital. Boivin's wife, Angie, a nurse at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, was also among the 16 people injured.