Skip to Main Content
Railroad News

More Deceased Heroes Identified as NTSB Launches Investigation into UP Train/Parade Float Crash

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC |

(Midland, Texas – November 16, 2012)

The three wounded servicemen who were not yet identified after a Union Pacific train smashed into a parade float as it crossed the Garfield Street/UPRR grade crossing in Midland, TX Thursday afternoon during the fourth day of tribute to American fighting veterans have now been announced.

Meanwhile, Texas-based National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Robert Accetta, assisted by two more NTSB accident investigators, has launched the first closed-door meeting of what promises to be a lengthy process in determining how Thursday’s horrible tragedy, which killed four and injured 17, was allowed to happen.

Among them, the four combat vets had been awarded a total of over two dozen medals for meritorious service in the defense of their country.

Already identified was Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, of Amarillo, TX, who died as he pushed his wife out of harm’s way as the train struck the float/truck trailer they were riding upon. He leaves behind his wife of 15 years, Daylyn, and the couple’s 14-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter.

Other fatalities included USMC Chief Warrant Officer Gary Stouffer, veteran of 17 years in the Marines, who leaves his wife of 16 years, Catherine, and the couple’s 16-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son; Sgt. Major Lawrence Bolvin, a 24-year U.S. Army veteran, who is survived by his wife, Angie; and Sgt. Major William Lubbers, another 24-year Army veteran, but who spent many of those years as a Special Forces Green Beret, and who leaves behind his wife of 19 years, Tiffanie, and the couple’s 18-year-old-son and 11-year-old daughter.

Besides each earning one or more Purple Hearts, the four victims’ medals ranged from Combat Action Ribbons to Bronze Stars and a Silver Star, each directly below the Congressional Medal of Honor.


Railroad News


Train crash cases are unique and complex with many different potential pitfalls, such as federal preemption. Anytime I get hired or even get a call from a train crash victim, my very first call is to Nathan’s firm. Nathan’s knowledge and experience in handling and trying cases against these litigation savvy railroad companies gives me the confidence to know that the clients and cases I refer to him are getting the best of the best.

James Perrin Lubbock, Texas

I have had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Nathan on several railroad crossing accidents cases. In each case, Nathan always possessed an incredible knowledge of the law and the facts, possessed a great talent for aggressive - strategic legal planning and trial tactics while, at the same time, displaying great skill as an effective negotiator. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.

Scott McCluen Harriman, Tennessee

Nathan Karlin has my strongest endorsement in the field of railroad crossing cases and personal injury law. I had the pleasure of working with Nathan in a complex railroad personal injury case. I was impressed by Nathan’s knowledge, his work ethic, and his dedication to the client. I look forward to working with Nathan on future injury matters. I am also aware firsthand that he has obtained excellent trial and settlement results in numerous cases involving members of the public harmed by railroad companies.

Joseph M. Miller Mandeville, Louisiana

Nathan is a warrior fighting the railroads. As a fellow personal injury lawyer, I have constantly been impressed with his depth of knowledge and his capabilities from case to case. I’d take him into battle with me any day against the biggest railroads and insurance companies on the planet.

Jon C. Clark Austin, Texas

Bob Pottroff has fought for the victims of the railroads’ callous disregard for safety more than any other attorney that I know. I should know because I am currently Chair-elect of the Railroad Section of ATLA.

Robert Schuetze Boulder, Colorado

Mr. Pottroff has shaken the rail industry to its very roots. Settlements are now more common as a result of the way he has exposed the industry’s wrongdoing.

Mike Easley Arkansas

Bob Pottroff’s work in railroad safety law is unmatched and he has been the source of great advice and phenomenal creativity.

Roger Brown Jefferson City, Missouri

In addition to his substantive contributions to railroad grade crossing safety, I have personally observed his untiring efforts and contributions to improving the integrity of the legal system.

Elizabeth Hardy Lake Charles, Louisiana

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8