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Vehicle Accident in Afghanistan Claims Servicemember's Life

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, March 13, 2006 – A U.S. service member died today from injuries suffered when the Humvee in which he was riding rolled over during offensive operations in the Torkham district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, military officials reported.

Although the cause of the accident remains under investigation, enemy activity was not a factor, officials said, noting that heavy rains last night may have weakened the road on which the accident occurred.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the comrades and family of our fallen comrade," said Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commanding general of the coalition's Combined Joint Task Force 76. "Our loss today in this tragic accident steels our resolve to make Afghanistan a safer place. I would like his family to know they are in our prayers." The general noted that coalition partners and nongovernmental organizations are involved in dozens of projects across Afghanistan to improve existing roads and build new ones.

The servicemember was evacuated to a medical facility here, where he died upon arrival. The name of the servicemember is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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