875th Soldiers Injured in Iraq

JANUARY 3, 2007 - Posted at 10:32 p.m. CST, updated at 7:24 a.m. on 1/4/07

JONESBORO, AR  - K8 News has confirmed that three soldiers with the northeast Arkansas-based 875th Engineering Batallion have been injured in Iraq.

One soldier's father has confirmed that while cleaning outside of their base on Tuesday, the soldiers were struck by two grenades.  We are told some kids were playing with rocks near their convoy when one of those kids started throwing them into their gunner vehicle.  It turns out the rocks were grenades.

"He said the first bomb came in and blew up and just kind of stunned everybody, and the vehicle got full of smoke," said Dan Parker, who's son lost part of his leg.  "The second bomb that came in landed right on his foot and blowed up."

Parker's son, Reddi Parker, sustained the worst of the injuries.  Also injured was Austin Phillips of Black Rock.  The third soldier's name is still unknown at this time.

We are told that all three are being treated at a hospital in Germany and will be flown back to the U.S. later in the week for further treatment and to be reunited with their families.

For Parker's sister, she says it brings the war in Iraq really close to home.

"Considering he's still alive and okay we're sort of relieved.  But you don't know what goes on over there and in the hospitals.  It makes you still scared," said Reddi's sister Holli.

She says it's hard because she and her brother are only a couple of years apart.

K8 News is continuing to follow this story and will have the latest information as it becomes available.

If you have questions or comments, email Will at wcarter@kait8.com.