Local officer, wife on float struck by train in Midland, TX - CBS46 News

Local officer's wife loses leg after train accident in Texas

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Holly Springs Officer Shane Ladner Holly Springs Officer Shane Ladner

The wife of a local police officer lost her left leg after a parade float she was riding on with her husband was struck by a train.

A train slammed into a flatbed trailer carrying 26 people, including veterans and their wives. Four people died and 17 people were injured when the train struck the float as it crossed the tracks.

One couple riding on the float was Holly Springs Officer Shane Ladner and his wife, Meg.

Meg Ladner is one of the victims being treated at Midland Memorial Hospital following the deadly train accident Thursday afternoon.

"What's helped a lot is the community's prayers we've received," said Holly Springs Police Lt. Tanya Anderson. "We believe that's had an impact on them because Meg's condition has been upgraded from critical to stable, so the prayers are working."

Shane Ladner is OK and is being treated for back injuries. CBS Atlanta News questioned the hospital and learned that he was not listed as a patient.

The parade has been an annual event that honors veterans through the Hunt for Heroes program. The procession of floats paraded through town, heading from the hotel where the veterans were staying to a dinner banquet honoring them.

Shane Ladner was recently chosen by a nonprofit organization, Show of Support, out of Midland, TX, to be recognized for his military service after being wounded in combat in Iraq.

The Show of Support organization arranged for Holly Springs Police Chaplain Sgt. Brian Cain to be flown into Midland, TX, to be with Shane and Meg Ladner.

"That's the main thing we want right now, for the community to keep the Ladners in their prayers," said Anderson. "It's very scary that they're so far away. We're so helpless, there's nothing we can do. I know the chief and I both talked about it last night and we felt like there was something we should be doing but there's nothing we can do, he's so far away."

The crash is under investigation.

A fund has been set up for the Ladners at Cherokee Bank in Canton and Woodstock.

Donations can be made to Cherokee Bank, P.O. Box 4250, Canton, GA, 30114. Make checks payable to "Ladner Benefit Fund."

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