12 U.S. para­troop­ers hurt in Ro­ma­nia

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BUCHAREST, Ro­ma­nia — Of­fi­cials say 12 U.S. para­troop­ers have been hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter they suf­fered mi­nor in­juries dur­ing a night­time para­chute jump in Ro­ma­nia.

Brent Wil­liam, a spokesman for the “At­lantic Re­solve” mil­i­tary ex­er­cises, told Ro­ma­nia’s Ager­pres news agency the ac­ci­dent oc­curred early Satur­day at the Campia Turzii air base in north­west Ro­ma­nia. He said 500 troops jumped from C-130 Her­cules planes dur­ing “a very rig­or­ous ex­er­cise, which car­ries a cer­tain level of risk.”

The Cluj Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal spokesman, Doina Bal­taru, said 11 sol­diers were dis­charged Sun­day from the hos­pi­tal. She said one other sol­dier suf­fered a bruised spine and would re­main hos­pi­tal­ized up to two more days.

The sol­diers were par­tic­i­pat­ing in Saber Guardian 17, a U.S. Army Eu­rope-led ex­er­cise, which aims to in­crease co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the U.S., Bul­garia, Hun­gary and Ro­ma­nia.

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