posted on Nov, 27 2005 @ 01:22 PM
Telegraph was apparently the first newspaper to carry news today that a military vehicle carrying U.S. politicians overturned on the way to the
Baghdad airport on Saturday and injured two members of Congress.
The source was a Georgia congressman unhurt in the accident, Rep. Jim Marshall.
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) was airlifted to a military hospital in Germany for an MRI on his neck, said Marshall, who was also in the vehicle. Rep. Ike
Skelton (D-Mo.) was sent to a Baghdad hospital, Marshall told the Macon Telegraph.
Marshall, a Georgia Democrat, said he was not hurt.
The congressional delegation was riding in a box-like vehicle that troops call the "ice cream truck" -- it streaks through the middle of the road to
deter oncoming motorists, Marshall told the paper. But shortly after dark, an oncoming truck refused to yield.
"Then, all of a sudden, brakes get slammed on. Then we hit something and go off the side of the road and tip over," Marshall said.