Two soldiers die in separate training accidents
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/15/17, 10:58 am
Two soldiers died this week during separate training exercises at two of the U.S. Army’s largest bases. On Thursday, a special operations soldier died during a demolitions training exercise that injured seven others at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Officials confirmed the men were at a range on the base but did not specify how the accident happened. Initial reports mentioned an explosion, but officials would not confirm that or provide information on the condition of those injured. On Tuesday, a soldier at Fort Hood in Texas died during hoist training for medical helicopter evacuations. And on Wednesday, an accident at Camp Pendleton in California injured 15 Marines. Eight suffered burns, while seven others required hospitalization for other injuries, when something sparked a fire in their amphibious vehicle during a training exercise.
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Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.