Skip to comments.Two dead, more injured in military crash (29 Palms Marines in highway crash before deployment)
Posted on 01/04/2006 10:25:41 PM PST by dbandit
RANCHO BERNARDO ---- Two people died and an estimated 14 to 20 more Marine personnel were hurt when two military vehicles went over the side of southbound Interstate 15 bringing traffic to a halt Wednesday, authorities said.
The collision happened at 7:19 p.m. on I-15 just south of West Bernardo Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Larry Landeros said.
A Camp Pendleton spokesman said the vehicles were from the 1st Marine Division stationed at Twenty-nine Palms. Further information was not available, he said.
One large transport-type military vehicle towing another carrying military personnel struck the center divide and then went about 100 feet off the side of the right shoulder, Landeros said.
The fire department was called to help rescue personnel. A San Diego Fire helicopter was being called to the scene to help transport injured personnel to hospitals.
Traffic ground to a halt as fire engines, ambulances and CHP officers handled the scene.
Military personnel with weapons were standing around the perimeter. A mile south of the crash, two similar vehicles were pulled over and parked on the right shoulder.
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Yes, this is sad. Thanks for the post.
Terrible news.. May God comfort those who mourn and heal the injured.
Thank you for posting this. I live right near where this tragedy happened. The construction is just terrible! Prayers for these Marines and their families.
My second cousin and his family are based at 29 Palms.
He has had two tours to Iraq
Thanks for posting this/.
He is still there?
hit the CENTER divider. You usually see these convoys in the far right lane doing 55-60.
He is still there?
There is going to be around 25,000 Marines from San Diego
leaving again for Iraq. 1st Marine div.
Will be 3rd tour for them.
Just saw this on the news. after they hit the center divider, they hit the concrete barrier on the right hand side. The barriers are there to keep one from going over the side of the bridge at Lake Hodges, close to an 80 foot plunge.
I know from duaghters boyfriend, that Mirimar was seeking re-ups from those stationed there.
A very long time ago, my Dad(now deceased since 1971)was stationed there! My parents lived out there for a couple of years while he was there. This was in early 50s during Korean War I believe. I was reading about Twenty-nine Palms on the web, and in the early 50s or so, Marine personnel came out from Camp Pendleton to start a Marine base there. It was an old Air-base at one time!
Apparently my Dad was there when the base was still forming. He went back to Camp Pendleton when I was 1 year old. I'd always hoped I could go back and see it one day. I've read that it is really big now!
Right around the corner.
Sending prayers... yes, horrible and tragic.
I'll add my prayers to yours.
It's been on the radio, too...how HORRIBLY tragic..
My dad was 1st Marine Div Korean War.
He was based at the Navy Hospital here in San Diego
and Camp Pendleton.
Another 2nd Cousin, a Dr. with 1st Marines out of
Camp Pendleton was first yr in Iraq
Prayers up ... God bless them.
Thought you would be interested in this thread
one of the vehicles involved, was 'it'