Identity of soldiers injured in New Jersey HMMWV accident released

Authorities have revealed the identities of four US Army Reservists who were seriously injured yesterday afternoon after their HMMWV lost a wheel and flipped over on the New Jersey Turnpike.

According to ABC8NY, the HMMWV was part of a two-vehicle convoy heading south when the vehicle carrying a crew of four lost a wheel, hitting the guardrail and coming to a rest upside-down.

Army reserve crash
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Of the four soldiers, 25-year-old Brooklyn native Deborah Perez sustained the most serious injuries, resulting in a leg amputation. Passengers Marcos Santana and Theodore Jackson were also badly injured while driver Gedry Concepcion-Munez was the least injured.

While the official cause of the crash is unknown, it is believed that the tire fell off of the vehicle at around 60MPH.

Flipped Humvee
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The incident shut down the southbound turnpike while air medevac was dispatched, though the miles-long traffic jam that followed was cleared up before Friday morning rush hour.

It is currently suggested that the soldiers were heading to Joint Base McGuire-Dix in Lakehurst, NJ, though no official statements concerning their itinerary has been released.

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