Soldier run over by truck at Camp San Luis

July 30, 2014

helicopterA truck crashed into a female National Guard soldier at Camp San Luis Obispo on Monday and then rolled over her lower body.

The 31-year-old soldier suffered major injuries and was airlifted to a Fresno hospital for emergency surgery. Her current condition is unclear.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. Monday while truck driving training drills were taking place at Camp San Luis. Prior to the collision, the female soldier was squatting in front of a truck’s right tire, and the driver of the vehicle did not see her, according the California Highway Patrol.

A CHP investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The injured soldier is a member of the 756th Transportation Company, which uses heavy-duty trucks to transport equipment. She is a resident of the Southern California community of Alta Loma.

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She needs to start her training over, a truck running and she squats in first of a wheel. Really! This is basic vehicle instruction 101…

Before you pass judgement, it would be good to get all the facts. Keep in mind they are are citizen soldiers, not full time military personnel. One weekend a month and two weeks a year does not a professional make.

You should respect the fact that they are serving their country while trying to live somewhat normal lives.

My hopes and prayers go out to her and her family for a speedy recovery.

This is pretty tragic, and I hope it is not typical for anyone to squat down by a running vehicle. The old trucker sign of “if you can’t see my eyes, I cannot see yours” (or whatever it is).

May the soldier recover completely and the driver’s conscious be eased.