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Preliminary report of Midland train collision

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The first preliminary report of the deadly Midland train collision is now being released.

The one-page report says Dale Andrew Hayden was driving the flatbed at 5 miles per hour when he went over the railroad crossing.

More information about the 50 year old driver is still unknown since the National Transportation Safety Board says he has yet to make himself available for an interview.

The report also states the Union Pacific train was traveling at 62 mph, which is under the 70 mph speed limit in that area.

The engineer sounded the train's horn and applied the brakes but the train continued to slide for more than 4,000 feet.

The impact was strong enough to cause the flatbed to slide 30 feet before hitting a Midland Sheriff's Deputy car.

NTSB says their investigation can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months.

A final report could take more than a year to be released.