Two Spangdahlem airmen killed in Belgium car crash
August 3, 2005
Two U.S. airmen died and another was injured early Monday morning in a single-vehicle accident on A-27 near St. Vith, Belgium.
Senior Airman Timothy Alford, 25, and Airman 1st Class Erik Salazar, 20, both firefighters assigned to the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, died in the accident that involved the BMW sedan in which they were traveling. Salazar is from El Paso, Texas. Alford is from North Easton, Mass.
Airman 1st Class Skyler Burts, also a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, survived the accident. Burts was riding in the front passenger seat. He is currently in stable condition at the base hospital on Bitburg Annex.
The cause of the 7:30 a.m. accident is being investigated by Belgian and U.S. Air Force law enforcement personnel.
Spangdahlem is located in the extreme western reaches of Germany, near the countries of Luxembourg and Belgium.
It has not been determined if drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident, said Capt. Mike Cumberworth, deputy chief of public affairs for the 52nd Fighter Wing.
The prayers and thoughts of the 52nd Fighter Wing go out to the families and friends of the airmen involved in the accident, said wing commander Col. David Goldfein in a news release.
Plans are under way for a memorial service for Alford and Salazar.