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PM Tudose on accident that killed three soldiers: Inexcusable there is no helicopter for night interventions

Following a road accident in the southern county of Arges that left three soldiers dead and ten injured, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on Thursday evening voiced dissatisfaction with the fact that Romania has no helicopter for night interventions.

He added that he will raise the question next day at a government meeting.

”Unfortunately – and this will be a question I will raise tomorrow at our first government meeting – I cannot understand why in 27 years of freedom no night flights by helicopters are possible. I was told that we do not have any (…) Romania does not have anything like that, and I find it inexcusable for a country in 2017 to get such an answer, ” Tudose told Realitatea TV private broadcaster in a phone-in.

He announced having asked the health minister to make sure all the local hospitals and the ones in Bucharest where the injured in the truck accident will be driven will have what it takes, starting with blood supply and up to and including special treatment. He added that the defence minister was asked to announce the families of the accident victims and provide the needed services, including psychological counselling.

A military truck carrying 13 servicemen capsized Thursday evening in a ravine at Valea Urdei, Arges County, killing three and injuring ten.

It was carrying 13 servicemen of the 30th Mountain Troops Battalion. The accident occurred around 21:00hrs, local.

The truck, the last one in a line of four, was driving from Cincu to Campulung, when it capsized near Valea Urdei. The Military Prosecution Service was notified for an investigation, according to the Defence Ministry, and an administrative inquiry committee was set in place to this end.

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