Nine soldiers injured in South Korea bus accident
February 28, 2009
Nine soldiers were injured Wednesday when the tour bus they were in struck a second bus that was stopped at a red light in Uijeongbu, South Korea.
The soldiers, newly arrived members of the 2nd Infantry Division, were returning from an orientation tour of the Uijeongbu area.
They were returning to the Warrior Readiness Center In-processing Station at Camp Stanley when the collision occurred, said 2nd ID spokesman Maj. Vince Mitchell.
According to Uijeongbu police, three tour buses approached the intersection as the light was changing. The first bus made it through the intersection, but the second had to stop at the red light. The third bus didn’t stop in time and rear-ended the second.
Nine soldiers received minor injuries to their knees, backs and legs.
Police said the injured soldiers were taken immediately to St. Peters Hospital in Uijeongbu and treated.
Mitchell said they were released the same day.
"The accident is certainly the mistake of the bus driver driving the third bus, who failed to maintain a safe distance with the bus in front of him," police said.
As of Thursday, police said, the investigation was still ongoing, and it’s unknown if the bus driver will face charges or be forced to pay fines.