3e REI: A legionnaire died, another 5 legionnaires seriously injured

Last Friday, August 10, 2018, a road accident occurred in French Guiana, South America. When returning from a military exercise, a truck of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) left the road and fell into a small ravine. A long-serving legionnaire died, another 13 legionnaires were injured.

The accident took place on the National Road 2 (also called Eastern Road, the famous cross-jungle road built by 3e REI in the 1970s-1990s; tens of legionnaires died during the works), close to Régina, about 02.00 PM (14:00) in the afternoon. According to local firefighters, when heading to Kourou (the 3e REI’s garrison town), the military truck with 14 legionnaires on board tried to avoid a collision course with a civilian 4×4 and fell into a small ravine.

Senior Corporal Ibrahima Camara (a driver??) died immediately. 5 legionnaires were seriously injured, another 8 legionnaires were slightly injured. The injured legionnaires were transported by a helicopter to the hospital of Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana.

Senior Corporal Ibrahima Camara was married and father of four children. Born in Guinea (a country in West Africa), he joined the Foreign Legion in 2009.

3e REI: Caporal-chef Ibrahima Camara
Then Corporal Ibrahima Camara when serving with the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE). He died as Caporal-chef (Senior Corporal) in French Guiana, on August 10, 2018. R.I.P.
3e REI: A legionnaire died, another 5 legionnaires seriously injured
A PUMA helicopter close to the site of the accident, August 10, 2018.
Photo credits: FranceGuyane.fr

Eighteen years ago, also in mid-August, a truck of the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE), returning from a farm back to the barracks, left the road and crashed into a tree. Five legionnaires died back then.

In September 2013, another car accident occurred near Castelnaudary, in which an officer and 18 legionnaires were injured.

In November 2017, two legionnaires died during a road accident in Djibouti.

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