We just talked about the statistics for Highway 62. The headlines read: Desert base, deadly highway.
SINCE 2007, MORE MARINES FROM THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE HAVE DIED BACK HOME THAN IN THE WAR-TORN MIDDLE EAST
The Desert Sun reported on the military deaths that had taken place between 29 Palms Marine Corps Base and Palm Springs on Highway 62. There’s a whole lot of nothing and a few small towns.
“…at least 27 other Marines who have died in off-duty vehicle accidents while stationed in Twentynine Palms since 2007. Five additional Marines who were visiting from other bases also died in the desert surrounding Twentynine Palms during this time period. Together, these fatalities represent more than 10 percent of all Marine off-duty vehicle deaths (305), since 2007, according to the Naval Safety Center.
The Twentynine Palms Combat Center is uniquely isolated: No other Marine base on U.S. soil places so many service members so far from major cities. The desert towns around the base are small, with few options for entertainment. Palm Springs is the closest hub for dining, night life, music, art or shopping, but the resort city sits about an hour from the base, an alluring oasis at the end of a long desert road.
That road is Highway 62, often called Twentynine Palms Highway, a 151-mile route that runs through the Mojave Desert from the Coachella Valley to the Arizona border. A dozen Marines have died on this road since 2007.”
The report goes onto detail that many more Marines die at this base, then overseas.
“Vehicle crashes are a large part of what makes this desert more dangerous for off-duty Marines than virtually every other Marine base in the United States, with fatality figures that rival war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2007, the base in Twentynine Palms has suffered more non-hostile deaths, like car crashes and suicides, than war fatalities. Sixty service members from the base have died in war zones in the Middle East, but 64 have died on American soil, mostly in the High Desert, while either stationed or training at the base.”
This road is traveled by many to get the Palm Springs, the closest metropolitan area. We learned that 5 more people were seriously injured in a head-on collision and several were air lifted to hospitals on this same highway.
A drunk driver and her passenger struck and injured a Marine Corps family, including their infant daughter, near Joshua Tree.
According to a GoFundMe website, “All their family are in Georgia, and they are in California in the hospital, all three of them. Angela and Dakota are on life support. If you knew Angela, a lot call her Angel, then you know what an angel she is. She would give you the shirt off her back, even when she needed it most.
Any monetary donation will be GREATLY appreciated, and is needed, to help family transport from georgia to california, but most off all please PRAY for Gods healing mercy on this family”
If you are in a position to help this Marine Corps family or would like to donate, click here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones.