Army testing Humvee device to cut deaths

Oct. 25, 2006 at 4:27 PM
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CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Army officials in Kuwait are testing a new simulator they hope will prevent deaths in Humvee rollovers.

At least 116 soldiers have been killed and 132 injured in Humvee rollover accidents since the war in Iraq began, Army statistics indicate.

The American Forces Press Service reports some 8,000 soldiers have been trained on the simulator and the Army is building 30 more.

Chris Turner, a welder from Anniston, Ala., depot where some of the units are being assembled, said it takes four days to build a simulator from spare parts belonging to damaged Humvees at a cost of $33,000 each. The simulators also are being built at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas.

Armed Forces Press Service said the new units will be sent to bases in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and Qatar.

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