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Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 7:15 pm

Midland Memorial Hospital announced Friday it would not bill any of the victims of the Nov. 15 train crash into a veterans parade float.

An anonymous local philanthropist “decided to give a generous donation to the hospital in an effort to cover some of the costs,” Midland Memorial announced in a news release.

The hospital did not disclose the size of the donation. But the hospital said it received $100,000 for mass casualty medical services from donors through the Permian Basin Area Foundation.

Veterans that day rode on multiple floats across the train crossing at South Garfield Street and West Industrial Avenue. There, a Union Pacific train struck a rear parade float at 62 mph, killing 47-year-old Army Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 34-year-old Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 37-year-old Marin Chief Warrant Officer Gary Stouffer and 43-year-old Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers. Another 16 riders were hospitalized with injuries.

The crash happened during the “Hunt for Heroes” event, organized by the local group Show of Support, which never sought a permit.

Show of Support announced Tuesday it would distribute a second round of donations worth more than $185,000 to victims and their families. The group distributed $400,000 in donations in December.

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