Ft. Carson Soldier Killed In Accident In Iraq

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A U.S. Army soldier from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has died after his military vehicle rolled off a collapsed road in Iraq and into a canal.

Chris Zapasnik tells the Tulsa World that her son, Cpl. Stephen Zapasnik, was one of three soldiers killed in the accident Wednesday in southern Iraq. The Defense Department has confirmed the three deaths, but hasn't released the soldiers' names.

Zapasnik was in the Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Zapasnik says her 19-year-old son was due to return home for his mid-tour leave on Jan. 15 and had just spoken with the family earlier Wednesday to check on his ailing father.

Funeral services are not yet finalized, but Zapasnik says her son will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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