"There is going to be a very thorough investigation," Lange said. "It's obviously a very tragic incident."

The NTSB said it's investigation could take up to a year.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta "was deeply saddened by news of the tragic accident involving veterans heroes and their spouses in Midland," Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement. "His thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, with those injured in this incident, and with the entire community."

Midland is about 320 miles west of Dallas.

Photos: Train slams into veterans parade float

Published On: Nov 15 2012 07:26:52 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 19 2012 06:10:59 PM CST

Several people are killed and more are hurt after a train hits a veterans parade float in Midland.

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Army Sgt. Joshua Michael