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Four British troops drowned in canal after crash in Afghanistan

By Claire Hayhurst

Published 25/04/2015

Colour Sergeant Martyn Horton was one of four victims of the canal crash in Afghanistan
Colour Sergeant Martyn Horton was one of four victims of the canal crash in Afghanistan

A British armoured vehicle rolled into a canal in Afghanistan - drowning four of its occupants - after colliding with a parked Afghan National Police car at up to 40mph, an inquest heard.

Colour Sergeant Martyn Horton (34), Lance Corporal David Ramsden (26), Private Douglas Halliday (20), who had all previously served in Northern Ireland, and Private Alex Isaac (20) were all from the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire).

The soldiers were responding to reports of an insurgent attack at a police checkpoint near Gereshk in Helmand province at 10pm on June 23, 2010.

Their vehicle, a 20-tonne Ridgeback protected patrol vehicle, driven by L/Cpl Ramsden, collided with a two-tonne Afghan National Police Ranger car by the Nahr-e-Bughra canal.

Salisbury Coroner's Court heard the darkly-painted Ranger was parked at a right-angle, with the front end protruding into the path of the Ridgeback, and did not have any lights on.

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