This Monday, on September 23, while going to the military camp of Caylus to conduct a military exercise, a platoon of the 2nd Volunteers Company of 4th Foreign Regiment, the training regiment of the Foreign Legion, had an accident in the exit of Verfeil-sur-Seye, a commune in the Midi-Pyrénées region in southern France.
In this single-car crash, the truck carrying young legionnaires with two months of service from Castelnaudary to Caylus, left its road and ended up in the retention wall; 18 legionnaires and one officer were injured. Falling off the front passenger seat, this officer – a 24-years old platoon commander – suffered serious injuries. He had to be trasported by a helicopter in critical condition to the hospital in Rodez. Slightly injured legionnaires were hospitalized in Montauban, Albi and Villefranche-de-Rouergue.
A legionnaire-driver was controlling other trucks in a rear-view mirror to be sure they follow him, when he was turning off the road, authorities said.
Photo credit: Marc Lasbarères, France3.fr