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Marine motorcycle deaths top their Iraq combat fatalities

October 31, 2008 by  

QUANTICO, Virginia (CNN) — Motorcycle accidents have killed more Marines in the past 12 months than enemy fire in Iraq, a rate that’s so alarming, it has prompted top brass to call a meeting to address the issue, officials say.

Twenty-five Marines have died in motorcycle crashes since November — all but one of them involving sport bikes that can reach speeds of well over 100 mph, according to Marine officials. In that same period, 20 Marines have been killed in action in Iraq.

The 25 deaths are the highest motorcycle death toll ever for the Marine Corps.

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One Response to “Marine motorcycle deaths top their Iraq combat fatalities”

  1. Marine Services on January 31st, 2009 2:35 am

    Most of them probably were riding rice rockets. People are insane on those things.It is always a shame when anyone is hurt or killed on a motorcycle.Our world is changing every day,A lot more vehicles on the road, sport bikes are getting faster,and worst of all is: More and more horrible drivers out there with personal problems.