Australian soldier wounded in vehicle accident in Uruzgan
20 December 2012
An Australian soldier was wounded yesterday [Wednesday 19 December 2012] in a motor vehicle collision involving his Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle and a civilian vehicle in Uruzgan.
The soldier was part of a vehicle-mounted mission conducted by Afghan National Security Forces and the Special Operations Task Group.
Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Ash Power said the soldier is assessed as being in a stable condition.
“The soldier was immediately treated by mates and medically-trained personnel at the accident site before aeromedical evacuation to the Role 2 Medical Facility at Multi National Base – Tarin Kot,” Lieutenant General Power said.
“He was moved later to the Role 3 Medical Facility at Kandahar Air Base for further assessment and treatment by military doctors and will be flown to Germany for further treatment as soon as possible.
“He has been in contact with his family and we will continue to provide them support. Specific details of his injuries will not be released for privacy reasons.”
Lieutenant General Power said the cause of the accident is being investigated but it was not a result of insurgent activity.
No other people were injured in the accident.
The mission was reinforcing the security of Afghan National Police checkpoints along a major route in northern Kandahar province.