Four Armenian soldiers were killed and 15 others seriously injured in a car accident reported by military authorities on Friday.
The Armenian military said an army truck carrying them rolled into a deep ditch on a mountainous road in Armenia’s northeastern Gegharkunik region bordering Azerbaijan.
A statement issued by it suggested that the truck driver, who was among the dead, was blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. It said all four victims were contract servicemen.
The injured servicemen were rushed to a hospital in the nearby town of Vartenis and later transferred to the main military hospital in Yerevan. According to a senior doctor there, five of them were in intensive care as of Friday evening.
One of them, Sergeant Artur Yeghiazarian, was hospitalized in critical condition and underwent urgent surgery. “The operation went well and, thank God, everything is fine,” one of his relatives told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am).
Military investigators, meanwhile, launched a criminal investigation under a Criminal Code clause that deals with dangerous driving resulting in fatalities.