On Sept. 10, a vehicle accident on a California military base left a U.S. Marine dead and 18 others injured. The crash took place at Camp Pendleton just outside of San Diego.
The report stated that a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, also known as a 7-Ton truck, was traveling along Basilone Road when it suddenly rolled. The service member who was killed was identified as a 21-year-old corporal. Six of the 18 service members who were injured were reportedly in critical condition. Eight were in stable condition and the remaining four had already been released when the accident was reported. The injured individuals were being cared for at a number of different hospitals.
It was not known what caused the truck to roll. A spokesperson stated that no other vehicles were involved in the crash and that the vehicle was returning from routine training when the crash happened. The truck that was transporting the service members is often used to carry supplies and troops by the Marine Corps and the Navy. Officials declined to note if other accidents involving this particular vehicle have occurred in the past.
Single-vehicle accidents can have a number of causes, including debris on the road and even poor road design. Often times, however, the responsibility could be that of the driver, if the motorist was impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent. Passengers who are injured in a single-vehicle crash may want to discuss their legal options with a personal injury attorney. Legal counsel may make a determination of responsibility after a review of the accident investigation report and other evidence.
Source: NBC San Diego, "Marine Killed, 18 Others Injured in Camp Pendleton Accident", Laura McVicker, Sept. 11, 2015
Source: Marine Corps Times, "Corps IDs Marine killed in Pendleton rollover accident", Julie Watson, Sept. 12, 2015