BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's defense ministry says three soldiers have died and nine were injured after their truck plunged into a ravine.
The accident occurred late Thursday when a truck traveling in a military convoy of four vehicles overturned near the village of Valea Urdii, some 190 kilometers (119 miles) northwest of Bucharest. Interior Minister Camen Dan said the driver reported that his brakes failed.
The defense ministry said two of the dead were experienced soldiers and had served in Afghanistan.
The injured soldiers were hospitalized in Bucharest and the cities of Brasov and Pitesti and are in a stable condition. The soldiers were from the 30th Battalion of Mountain Hunters.
The ministry says there will be commemoration ceremonies Friday morning at military bases around Romania.