Canadian Army Truck Crash Hurts 21
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (AP) _ Twenty-one soldiers were injured Friday, four critically, when their canvas-topped military truck skidded on an icy highway and landed upside down in a small stream, authorities reported.
All were from a Royal Canadian Horse Artillery regiment based at Petawawa, Ontario, and were on assignment to train servicemen at the artillery school in Gagetown, a military base south of Fredericton. They were en route to a firing range when the accident occurred at Geary, about nine miles from Fredericton.
The truck’s cab was crushed in the accident and the rear, where most of the soldiers were sitting, was flattened, investigators said.
All the passengers and the driver were thrown clear, said Maj. Dave Krauter.
Four soldiers were in critical condition with spinal injuries and were taken to larger hospitals outside the immediate area for possible neurosurgery, said Jackie Steward, spokesman for Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Saint John.