3 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-501

1 killed in early morning accident

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – An Afghan civilian died today near the city of Ghazni when his motorcycle was struck by a passing ISAF convoy in Ghazni province.

Initial information determined the driver of the motorcycle drifted into the path of a convoy truck as it was passing, said Maj. Donald A. Korpi, ISAF spokesman.  “There are no indications at this time that the motorcycle driver had any hostile intent.”

At approximately 6:45 a.m., the convoy commander was informed that a vehicle in his convoy had struck a civilian motorcycle.  He immediately sent medical personnel to render aid.

Despite being treated at the scene, the man died of his injuries.  The body will be turned over to the local village elders.  

According to ISAF officials in Ghazni, early morning and late afternoon are times with increased motorcycle and vehicle traffic on the roadways as people are coming from and going to work. 

“Our drivers and gunners attempt to make their presence known by blowing the horn, shouting and giving hand and arm signals to approaching traffic,” Korpi said.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and we will work with the Afghan National Police and the governor’s office to determine exactly what happened,” Korpi said.  “We will assist the family any way we legally can and provide them with all the information and facts as they are determined.” 

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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