Army Spc. Luis Taveras, 27, his wife Lisbeth, 30, and their 16-month-old son Luis were all reported to have been killed when their vehicle hit a tow truck at around 11 p.m. last Monday
A soldier and his wife and child died in a terrible collision with a tow truck near a military base, reports say.
Army Spc. Luis Taveras, 27, his wife Lisbeth, 30, and their 16-month-old son Luis are all reported to have been killed when their vehicle collided with a tow truck at around 11 p.m. on Monday.
The crash occurred in Pyeongtaek, near Camp Humphreys, South Korea, a US military base abroad.
The Massachusetts soldier reportedly had served in the Army for four years and was a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairman with the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
He arrived in South Korea in June.
Stars and Stripes The car with the family in it reportedly hit a tow truck on a curve on a single-lane road before a fire broke out.
The family was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brig. General Steven Allen, the unit’s commander, told the publication in a statement Wednesday: “No words can accurately describe the pain that your friends and family are subjected to.
“We will move forward as an army team in a way that will provide support and assistance to those who mourn.”
The truck driver, a 27-year-old Korean, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries in a nearby hospital.
Both the Korean National Police Department and the military are currently investigating the crash.
Founded in 1964, the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command is headquartered in Daegu and has around 5,600 employees.
You are supporting all US troops currently stationed in the Republic of Korea.
According to the US Defense Manpower Data Center, around 28,500 US soldiers are stationed in South Korea, the United States’ third largest military presence outside of their country after Japan and Germany.
The US Forces Korea (USFK) operates about 90 fighter jets, 40 attack helicopters, 50 tanks and about 60 Patriot rocket launchers, according to the South Korean Defense White Paper published in December.
The USFK data showed that there were approximately 19,500 Army soldiers, 7,800 Airmen, 350 Marines and 120 Marines stationed in South Korea.