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Woman Widowed and Injured in Midland Texas Veterans Parade Tragedy Welcomed Home

By December 1, 2012 No Comments

(Fayetteville, North Carolina – November 30, 2012)

The wheelchair-confined widow of a wounded warrior who was killed in a tragic Union Pacific crossing accident in Midland, TX November 15 will be welcomed back to the couple’s home in Fayetteville, NC Monday, thanks to efforts from friends, neighbors and the “Show of Support” organization that sponsored the tribute and parade of wounded veterans that a UPRR train plowed into at 62 mph.

Sgt. Major William Lubbers, originally from Kansas, was among four honorees killed when the train struck the second float of a parade. Tiffanie was among the 16 non-fatally injured and longest hospitalized. Lubbers saved his wife’s life as the train bore down upon them after an insufficient warning of only a few seconds, throwing her from the flatbed semi-truck trailer that served as a float.

Tiffanie Lubbers and her two children will arrive at Fayetteville Regional Airport aboard a private chartered flight from Midland, TX on Monday. They will be greeted both there and at home, where volunteers installed a new wheelchair ramp to accommodate her recently-received handicap, as well as by a large and lengthy display of signs of support and encouragement.