BAGHDAD, Iraq – A van carrying Iraqi civilians collided with a U.S. tank near Baghdad (search), killing nine people and injuring 10, the U.S. military said Friday.
The accident occurred about 10 p.m. Thursday when the van was trying to pass another vehicle and collided with the tank, said Spc. Justin McCue, a press official of the U.S.-led military coalition, adding that there were no U.S. or coalition casualties.
Iraqis gave a slightly different account of the crash.
Iraqi police Capt. Adnan Salih said nine people were killed and 18 injured when the tank collided with the vehicle in Tarmiyah, 30 miles north of Baghdad.
The dead included four men, four women and one child — all of whom attended a wedding party in Tarmiyah, Salih said.
Footage taken by Associated Press Television News showed the twisted wreckage of a minibus and several bodies of accident victims covered by blankets. A child's orange dress was found amid the wreckage and pools of blood covered the road.
U.S. forces and Iraqi police surrounded the crash site.
An unidentified witness, who said he was a passenger, told APTN the vehicle was carrying 12 people from the same family when the tank crashed into it.
"They were in a wedding party on their way from Tarmiyah to Baghdad ... (when) an American armored vehicle hit them and left," the man said.