Initial release: vehicle accident in "the Alley"

Release Number: 061210

12/6/2010 - INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey  -- An Airman driving a privately-owned vehicle outside of Incirlik Air Base struck two Turkish National Police Officers conducting foot patrol Dec. 5 just after midnight here.

The TNP officers were hospitalized for injuries, and the driver of the vehicle is in U.S. custody.

"On behalf of the 39th Air Base Wing, I offer my sincere condolences to the TNP officers and wish them a speedy recovery," said Col. Eric Beene, the 39th ABW commander. "We remain committed to our partnership with our Turkish counterparts and are working closely with the TNP officials and the prosecutor."

While no charges have been filed, the incident is under investigation and the driver of the vehicle has been released to U.S. custody pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Please refer any questions to the Incirlik AB Public Affairs office at 322-316-6060.