Korea briefs: Air Force ambulance, Korean bus collide
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Twenty South Koreans remained hospitalized Tuesday with minor injuries after their bus was involved in a collision with a U.S. Air Force ambulance near Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek City Monday, according to South Korean police.
The mishap occurred around 5:20 p.m. on Route 1 near the No. 1 interchange in Songtan, the section of Pyeongtaek City in which Osan Air Base is located, according to Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing.
The ambulance was making a routine patient transfer from the Good Morning Hospital to the base, the Air Force said. The ambulance crew was not injured, said Tech. Sgt. James Fisher, a base spokesman.
About 25 passengers were aboard the bus at the time of the accident, said Korean National Police Detective Sgt. Chun Hong-sik.
U.S. Air Force police were working with South Korean police in investigating the incident, Fisher said.
Commissary upgradesOSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The commissary at Osan Air Base on Friday morning will mark the completion of a major renovation project with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony and giveaways and prizes for customers.
The ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. outside the store, after which it will be open to shoppers.
The renovation began in September 2003 and has enlarged the store, upgraded equipment and made visual improvements with new surfaces and lighting, according to a news release issued by the Defense Commissary Agency West.
Taxi changes coming?SEOUL — South Korean officials are considering whether to allow taxicab companies to set their own fares, according to the Ministry of Construction and Transportation.
The proposal comes after some local governments suggested that competing cab fares might improve cab services, the Korea Herald reported this week.
Currently, all cab fares are the same within regions throughout the country.
Earlier this year, Seoul raised its taxi fares by nearly 18 percent.
Exams restrict trainingYONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. Forces Korea will limit nonessential training missions in an effort to recognize Korea’s national exams from Oct. 12 to 14, and from Oct. 19 to 21.
The exams, taken by high-school students, determine each student’s eligibility for university. As in past years, USFK tries to avoid scheduling loud training exercises, heavy equipment movement, artillery practice and even cadence calling during the exam times.