The deadly crash that killed four South Koreans and involved a Korean SUV and a U.S. military vehicle is not expected to draw much of an Anti-American response. While U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has temporarily suspended training on the nearby range located near the border with North Korea and has pledged to help South Korean authorities with the investigation, it appears that the South Korean authorities are focusing on the Korean driver.
Local police and fire officials said the Korean SUV carrying four civilians rear-ended the American M577 Armored Command Vehicle belonging to the combined U.S./ROK 2nd Infantry Division at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The incident happened about 5 km outside of the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in the city of Pocheon.
All four civilians in the SUV, two couples in their 50s, were pronounced dead at a local hospital, a Korean official said. The two U.S. soldiers in the military vehicle were not seriously injured. In a statement from the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division, the two soldiers “were evaluated and returned to duty.”
Korean police are asking for an autopsy of the driver. They are investigating whether the crash had anything to do with the drivers of the SUV switching just minutes before the accident.