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Soldiers to sue US army for 1.2m
Tank transporter
A tank transporter collided with the soldiers' Land Rover
Three British military police officers are suing the US military for 1.2m after a US tank transporter collided with their Land Rover in Iraq.

Cpl Jane McLauchlan from Hartlepool suffered multiple skull fractures and still has no sense of taste following the incident.

Her colleagues, Staff Sgt James Rogerson and Cpl Stephen Smith were seriously injured.

A Kuwaiti interpreter was also hurt in the crash on 7 May 2003.

According to Steven Horsley at Tilley, Bailey and Irvine, the Hartlepool-based law firm handling the claim, the group were travelling in a Land Rover at the time of the incident.

Mr Horsley said: "On the request of the US Army they were entering an area in Iraq where a Humvee jeep had been stolen, and were hoping to find the vehicle.

'Multiple injuries'

"They were driving down the equivalent of one of our motorways when for some reason a tank transporter moved from his lane and collided with the Land Rover. The occupants were seriously injured.

"They were flown from the scene by the US army and treated at a US military hospital in Kuwait.

"Corporal Jane McLauchlan suffered multiple skull fractures, fractured neck vertebrae, broken ribs and collar bones, a punctured lung and lacerated liver, and still has no sense of taste."

Staff Sgt Rogerson and Cpl Stephen Smith also suffered multiple injuries.

Mr Horsley said Tilley, Bailey and Irvine is working on the case with US attorney Michael Doyle

A US Defence Department spokesman said they did not comment on active legal cases as a matter of policy.

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