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Two dead, more injured in military crash (29 Palms Marines in highway crash before deployment)
North County Times ^ | 4 Jan 2006 | Unattributed

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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 29palms; marinecorp; marines
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Tragic accident in hideous construction zone north of San Diego. Marines from 29 Palms on their way to MCAS Miramar for deployment. Construction zone involves several massive bridge widenings and local KUSI news reports two Marines were ejected from their 14-ton vehicle and were tossed 80 ft off the side of a bridge. I drive this route everyday and the lanes are restricted, half on asphalt, half on concrete on the sides. Horrible, tragic accident in exactly the wrong place. I can't find any other details on local news sites, but I am so saddened by this I had to post it.

Don't know if excerpting is required from this source.

1 posted on 01/04/2006 10:25:44 PM PST by dbandit
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To: dbandit

Yes, this is sad. Thanks for the post.


2 posted on 01/04/2006 10:29:09 PM PST by DoughtyOne (MSM: Public support for war waining. 403/3 House vote against pullout vaporizes another lie.)
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To: dbandit

Terrible news.. May God comfort those who mourn and heal the injured.


3 posted on 01/04/2006 10:29:34 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: dbandit

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.


4 posted on 01/04/2006 10:30:35 PM PST by CAluvdubya (The ignorant defeatocrats have declared war on the War On Terror!)
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To: CAluvdubya

My second cousin and his family are based at 29 Palms.
He has had two tours to Iraq


5 posted on 01/04/2006 10:52:57 PM PST by SoCalPol (Cowards Cut and Run, Marines Never Do)
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To: dbandit; NormsRevenge

Thanks for posting this/.


6 posted on 01/04/2006 10:54:56 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: SoCalPol

He is still there?


7 posted on 01/04/2006 10:56:17 PM PST by CAluvdubya (The ignorant defeatocrats have declared war on the War On Terror!)
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To: dbandit

hit the CENTER divider. You usually see these convoys in the far right lane doing 55-60.


8 posted on 01/04/2006 10:58:32 PM PST by bigsigh
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To: CAluvdubya

He is still there?

Yes


9 posted on 01/04/2006 11:00:57 PM PST by SoCalPol (Cowards Cut and Run, Marines Never Do)
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To: CAluvdubya

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.


10 posted on 01/04/2006 11:15:57 PM PST by SoCalPol (Cowards Cut and Run, Marines Never Do)
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To: bigsigh

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.


11 posted on 01/04/2006 11:16:00 PM PST by CAluvdubya (The ignorant defeatocrats have declared war on the War On Terror!)
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To: SoCalPol

I know from duaghters boyfriend, that Mirimar was seeking re-ups from those stationed there.


12 posted on 01/04/2006 11:18:03 PM PST by CAluvdubya (The ignorant defeatocrats have declared war on the War On Terror!)
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To: SoCalPol

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!


13 posted on 01/04/2006 11:24:00 PM PST by dsutah
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To: dbandit

Right around the corner.

Sending prayers... yes, horrible and tragic.


14 posted on 01/04/2006 11:28:04 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: MEG33

I'll add my prayers to yours.


15 posted on 01/04/2006 11:29:29 PM PST by Marie (Support the Troops. Slap a hippy.)
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To: dbandit

It's been on the radio, too...how HORRIBLY tragic..


16 posted on 01/04/2006 11:30:50 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Jesus is STILL the reason, and it's ALWAYS the Season!!!)
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To: dsutah

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


17 posted on 01/04/2006 11:31:01 PM PST by SoCalPol (Cowards Cut and Run, Marines Never Do)
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To: dbandit; Brad's Gramma; trussell; Kitty Mittens; kitkat; Pegita; Salvation

Prayers up ... God bless them.


18 posted on 01/04/2006 11:33:23 PM PST by STARWISE (Sedition:an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority- to cause the overthrow of govt)
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To: onyx

Thought you would be interested in this thread


19 posted on 01/04/2006 11:34:06 PM PST by SoCalPol (Cowards Cut and Run, Marines Never Do)
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To: dbandit

humvee tag.

one of the vehicles involved, was 'it'


20 posted on 01/04/2006 11:34:24 PM PST by greasepaint
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