Soldier killed in training accident in South Korea
Stars and Stripes June 6, 2003
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A soldier was killed Wednesday morning when an M113 armored personnel carrier overturned at a training range about 40 miles north of Seoul, 2nd Infantry Division officials said.
The accident occurred about 4 a.m. near the Dagmar training area, which is near the Imjin River and the Demilitarized Zone. Two other soldiers riding in the M113 were not injured, the Army officials said.
The soldier’s name and unit were withheld pending notification of her family, said Maj. Curtis V. Roberts, deputy public affairs officer.
Division leaders will review safety procedures. U.S. Army Safety Center, military police and Korean National Police are investigating and no other details were released.
The vehicle was taking part in Eagle Artep, a regular Army training exercise for the division’s aviation brigade, Roberts said. The exercise, which runs through June 15, involves about 5,000 soldiers.
Chong Il-su, senior police officer at Paju Police Station, said the armored vehicle rolled into a rice paddy after falling off an elevated, partially broken concrete road.
A small amount of fuel was spilled, but there were no civilian injuries or property damage, Chong said.
The fatal crash comes a day after the division warned Kyonggi Province citizens that they should expect “increased movement” of U.S. military convoys to training areas.
Korean National Police units and 2nd ID military police are escorting large convoys, according to a release. The units also are monitoring traffic while U.S. units pass.
The division stepped up safety measures after an armored vehicle killed two 13-year-old South Korean girls last June.
That accident also prompted changes to how the status of forces agreement is carried out: U.S. officials pledged to notify South Korean civilian communities of convoys; South Korea pledged to widen roads and make better signs in areas where U.S. vehicles drive.
— Choe Song-won contributed to this report.