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Injured Holly Springs police officer and wife back in Georgia

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Meg and Shane Ladner Meg and Shane Ladner
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A Holly Springs police officer and his wife are on the road to recovery after a deadly accident in Texas.

A parade float carrying veterans and their spouses was hit by a train in Midland, TX, Thursday night.

Sixteen people, including Shane and Meg Ladner, were injured. Four people died.

Shane Ladner had minor injuries to his back. Doctors amputated Meg Ladner's left leg.

On Monday night, the couple returned home to Atlanta.

Shane Ladner walked off the plane with a cane. His wife was carried off to an awaiting ambulance and taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

Friends David Mace and Susan Greene greeted the couple at the DeKalb-Peachtree airport.

Greene, who has been friends with Meg for 29 years, rushed to greet her best friend plane side.

"I said, 'Hello beautiful, I love you,'" Greene said. "Her hair was pulled back in a ponytail. She wouldn't like that."

David Mace, who served in the Army with Shane Ladner, was proud to be able to welcome him home.

"He replied back, 'Good to see you brother,'" Mace said.

Meg Ladner is in stable, but critical condition. She still needs around the clock medical care.

"I just can't wait to sit and hold her hand and tell her how much she's loved," Greene said.

Meg Ladner has a long road ahead with reconstruction and rehab, but the couple is getting a lot of support from the community.

Holly Springs Police Captain Mike Carswell said he spoke to Shane Ladner before they left Midland.

"He basically wanted to express his gratitude to the community. He wants people to know how appreciative he was for everything that everybody has done for him and his family," said Carswell.

The Holly Springs Police Department set up a benefit fund. Donations can be made in person or by mailing a check made out to "The Ladner Benefit Fund" to Cherokee Bank.

"Their lives are forever changed they are going to need our help," Greene said.

The NTSB is investigating the crash. So far, they have determined the train's horn sounded and the crossing arm and lights alerted people it was coming.

Shane Ladner will be holding a news conference on Sunday, Nov. 25, outside Atlanta Medical Center to thank the community for its support and to give an update on a medical fund for his wife.

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