Showing posts with label vehicle accidents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vehicle accidents. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fort Carson soldiers injured in Humvee rollover crash

Fort Carson soldiers injured in Humvee rollover crash
The Gazette
Published: May 13, 2013

Two Fort Carson soldiers suffered minor injuries Monday when they rolled a Humvee.

The crash, which motorists could see from Interstate 25, happened on base about 3:30 p.m.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fort Wainwright soldier seriously injured after convoy hit

Soldier Badly Hurt After Truck Crashes Into Salcha Military Convoy
By Chris Klint and The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
1:46 p.m. AKST, January 30, 2013

A Fort Wainwright soldier was severely injured Tuesday afternoon after Alaska State Troopers say a pickup truck struck several vehicles from a military convoy, including his Humvee, in a parking lot off the Richardson Highway near Salcha.

U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll identifies the injured man as Spc. Zachary New, 20, a member of Fort Wainwright’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

An AST dispatch Wednesday says the troopers responded shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday to the crash, in the Midway Lodge's parking lot at Mile 315 of the Richardson. The incident began as vehicles in the convoy, followed by 20-year-old driver Forrest Hermanns of Tok, were pulling into the lot.

“(Hermanns) was driving a 3/4 ton GMC pickup with a large trailer loaded with logs for sale,” troopers wrote. “Hermanns struck a (U.S.) Army Humvee that was slowing and preparing to turn into the parking lot. (His) vehicle continued into the parking lot, striking a soldier exiting a parked Humvee and then two parked (Stryker) armored vehicles.”
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Soldiers from Royal Australian Engineers Corp fighting for life

Soldiers from Royal Australian Engineers Corp fighting for life after truck rolls over at Holsworthy army base
From: The Daily Telegraph
October 08, 2012

A GROUP of soldiers injured in a vehicle rollover at Holsworthy Army Base today were engineers on a field training excursion.

The Daily Telegraph has been told the 20 soldiers from the Royal Australian Engineers Corp were returning from an exercise when the truck they were in rolled, just before 9am.

One of the rear cage passengers, a 21-year-old man, is on life support in Liverpool Hospital with critical head injuries, while another man, believed to be aged 19, is in a critical condition in Westmead Hospital with spinal injuries.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

4 Ft. Carson Soldiers Hurt In Rollover Accident After Driver Falls Asleep

4 Ft. Carson Soldiers Hurt In Rollover Accident
Four Fort Carson soldiers were injured early Sunday morning when their car hit a guardrail on I-25 south of Garden of the Gods road.
Posted: 5:26 AM Jan 22, 2012
Reporter: KKTV

Four Fort Carson soldiers were injured early Sunday morning when their car hit a guardrail on I-25 south of Garden of the Gods Road.

The soldiers were heading back to the Mountain Post when the driver dozed off at the wheel just after 3 a.m. Their car drifted off the road, hit a guardrail and flipped.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

10th Mountain Division soldier killed in a vehicle rollover at Fort Drum

Calif. soldier died in crash at NY's Fort Drum

Associated Press

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Officials at Fort Drum have released the name of the 10th Mountain Division soldier killed in a vehicle rollover during training at the northern New York Army post.

Officials say 35-year-old Pvt. Michael Koepfle (KOHP'-fuhl) of San Bernardino, Calif., was in a Humvee with two other soldiers who were injured when it crashed Sunday at a training range.
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Is it "combat death" when 'vehicle accident' ?

If they are in Iraq or Afghanistan and they die or get wounded, it should be because of combat and listed that way. If they die of their wounds later, then it should be counted as the "official" count. Honor them all or they do not honor any of them.

Randolph native died in combat in Iraq, family reports
Army lists cause of death as 'vehicle accident'
By Lou Michel - News Staff Reporter
Updated: 07/19/08 9:32 AM

Staff Sgt. David W. Textor was killed when he was thrown from the turret of his Humvee during an enemy attack in Mosul, Iraq, according to his relatives.

The death of the 27-year-old Randolph native Tuesday was not the result of a simple vehicle accident as the Army first reported, his family says.

“He died in action. They were attacked. They were targeted,” said Debbie Faultner-Vondra, the sister of Textor’s wife, who both live in Olympia, Wash., where he had been assigned to Fort Lewis before his deployment in May.

The Army, at this point, still officially lists Textor’s death as a “vehicle accident.”

Three other soldiers were injured in the incident, said Lt. Gen. Robert Wagner, commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

“Once the investigation is complete, the Army will be able to release a statement that encompasses everything that occurred in relation to Sgt. Textor’s death,” Capt. Chris Augustine, a spokesman for Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., said Friday.
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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Investigation needed Ambien and military use

I received this email from a worried parent.

My son instant messaged me last night. he was going to bed and said that he is being given 3 doses of Ambien by the flight surgeon to help the crews sleep each night. I looked up Ambien and don't like the effects.

But for now, I cant get answers on why they get Ambien and what else.

He is right to be concerned.

FDA Requests Stronger Ambien Warnings
By Jeralyn, Section Off Topic Posted on Wed Mar 14, 2007 at 03:45:07 PM EST Tags: Ambien (all tags)
In addition to sleep-driving, sleep-eating emerging as side effects of Ambien, Lunesta and similar hypnotic-sedative sleeping pills, there is also sex while sleeping.
The FDA is asking the makers of Ambien and similar drugs to strengthen the label warnings on the drugs to disclose these and other risks.

The 13 drugs involved are: Ambien and Ambien CR, made by Sanofi Aventis; Butisol Sodium, made by Medpointe Pharm HLC; Carbrital, made by Parke-Davis; Dalmane made by Valeant Pharm; Doral made by Questcor Pharms; Halcion, made by Pharmacia & Upjohn; Lunesta, made by Sepracor; Placidyl and Prosom, made by Abbott; Restoril, made by Tyco Healthcare; Rozerem, made by Takeda; Seconal, made by Lilly.
There's other side effects too:
Last December, the FDA sent letters to the drug makers, asking them to revise their product labels to include warnings about the potential for severe allergic reactions -- called anaphylaxis -- and severe facial swelling -- called angioedema.
At that time, the FDA also asked the manufacturers to add warnings about complex sleep-related behaviors, including sleep-driving, making phone calls, and preparing and eating food or having sex while asleep, Katz said.

But there are even stronger warnings when it comes to the military. Is anyone looking into the connection with soldiers "flipping out" and going on killing rages? Is anyone looking into non-combat deaths in 20 year olds with heart attacks? Died of "natural causes" in young, strong, healthy soldiers, is not "natural" or "normal" and this needs to be looked into. How many of the non-combat deaths can be connected to these kinds of medications?

The most commonly offered treatment for insomnia has historically been a prescription for benzodiazepines [e.g., triazolam, temazepam). Although studies have found benzodiazepines to be effective for insomnia in the short term,9 several problems are associated with chronic use. Potential iatrogenic effects of benzodiazepine treatment for insomnia include psychological dependence and tolerance,' decreased daytime functioning, l'-'3 poor sleep quality,'4 and "rebound insomnia upon withdrawal.15 Furthermore, the internal validity of clinical trials of benzodiazepine hypnotics has been seriously challenged.'6 Within military medicine, benzodiazepine use must be even more closely scrutinized because chronic benzodiazepine use poses special concerns among active duty military personnel. A more recently introduced pharmacotherapy for insomnia is zolpidem tartrate (i.e., Ambien), a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic. Ambien use has been associated with decreased sleep onset latency, increased total sleep time, decreased total wake time, and increased sleep efficiency. Furthermore, after 7 nights of use, the drug was still effective at reducing sleep latency and increasing total sleep time.17 Nonetheless, as with the benzodiazepines, the Physician's Desk Reference'$ recommends limiting use of Ambien for short-term use (e.g., 7-10 days).

Why such a warning? Consider this;

“Soldiers I talked to were receiving bags of antidepressants and sleeping meds in Iraq, but not the trauma care they needed,” says Steve Robinson, a Defense Department intelligence analyst during the Clinton administration.

Sometimes sleeping pills, antidepressants and tranquilizers are prescribed by qualified personnel. Sometimes not. Sgt. Georg Anderas Pogany told Salon that after he broke down in Iraq, his team sergeant told him “to pull himself together, gave him two Ambien, a prescription sleep aid, and ordered him to sleep.”

Other soldiers self-medicate.

“We were so junked out on Valium, we had no emotions anymore,” Iraq vet John Crawford told “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross. He and others in his unit in Iraq became addicted to Valium.

“It concerns us when we hear military doctors say, ‘It’s wonderful that we have these drugs available to cope with second or third deployments,’” Joyce Raezer of the National Military Family Association told In These Times.

“But that statement makes military spouses cringe,” she continues, “Soldiers are saying ‘we don’t have time to recover.’”

Marine psychiatrist Cmdr. Paul S. Hammer confirmed to San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Rick Rogers that Marines with PTSD are returning to Iraq.

In many cases, their problem is labeled stress. “Army docs have told me that commanders pressured them not to diagnose PTSD because it would cut into combat power: the ability to project men and women into war,” says Robinson. “The docs admit that the decision is unethical, but are unwilling to take the huge career risk of becoming a whistle blower.”

When you look at the non-combat deaths with vehicles, there are many of them. The question is, how many were given Ambien before they happened? Is anyone looking into any of this?
Ambien Linked to Traffic Arrests
The popular sleeping pill Ambien appears to be showing up increasingly as a factor in traffic arrests in the United States, The New York Times reported.
Ambien is among the top 10 drugs found in impaired drivers by some state toxicology laboratories. For example, Ambien was found in the blood of 187 arrested drivers in Wisconsin from 1999 to 2004. In Washington state, Ambien was a factor in 78 impaired-driving arrests last year, up from 56 in 2004.
Some traffic arrests where Ambien was believed to be a factor included drivers who later claimed they were sleep-driving and had no memory of getting behind the wheel after they took the drug, the Times reported.
Ambien is the best-selling prescription sleeping pill in the United States, with 26.5 million prescriptions filled last year.
The drug's maker, Sanofi-Aventis, said the drug is safe when used as directed. However, spokeswoman Melissa Feltmann wrote in an email: "We are aware of reports of people driving while sleepwalking, and those reports have been provided to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as part of our ongoing post-marketing evaluation about the safety of our products."
FDA spokeswoman Susan Cruzan said the current label warnings on Ambien are sufficient. The warnings say the drug should not be used with alcohol and in some cases can cause sleepwalking or hallucinations, The Times reported

The other problem is Zoloft and Paxil

Paxil / Zoloft
Depression / Anxiety Disorders drug linked to suicide

Looks like the company had problems in the past accused of hiding data:

From Boston Globe
Sanofi says to fight class action bid
EmailPrint Text size – + January 4, 2008
PARIS (Reuters) - Drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis , the target of a lawsuit seeking class-action status filed on behalf of shareholders, on Friday vowed to fight allegations it hid the side-effects of its anti-obesity drug Acomplia.

more stories like thisA Sanofi-Aventis spokesman told Reuters that the company had seen the statement issued by the U.S. law firm that filed the lawsuit, Schiffrin, Barroway, Topaz & Kessler, and that it was "disputing the allegations contained in the statement and plans to vigorously defend itself."

Sanofi-Aventis had no further comment.

In a statement available on its website, the law firm said the suit was filed in the U.S. district court for the Southern District of New York "on behalf of all purchasers" of Sanofi-Aventis securities from Feb 17, 2006 through June 13, 2007.

"...the complaint alleges that the company failed to disclose material adverse data concerning Zimulti's tendency to cause a statistically significant increase in psychiatric problems, including suicidal thoughts and actions," the statement said.

On June 13 an advisory committee said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should reject the proposed pill, called Zimulti in the United States, because of concerns it could increase suicidal thinking and depression.

You would think the DOD would be a bit more careful of the way they treat our troops than to pull something off like this, but it looks like they have been doing this kind of thing for a very long time. The parent who emailed me is a veteran who was treated the same way. That's why he's worried about his son. Can you blame him?