More Marines from CA base die in USA than in war

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Updated: 3/24/2014 4:43 pm

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California Marine base has suffered more non-hostile deaths from car crashes and suicides in the last seven years than in war zones.

The Desert Sun reported Monday that 60 service members from the base in Twentynine Palms have died in the Middle East since 2007, while 64 have died on American soil.

An investigation by the newspaper shows 28 Marines died in off-duty car crashes while stationed at the base about an hour's drive from Palm Springs.

The paper found extreme speed was listed as a factor in more than half those crashes.

The base has reduced the risk by requiring Marines to take defensive driver training, but still has one of the highest fatal crash rates in the Marine Corps.

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