A training operation gone wrong at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia has left three soldiers dead and another three severely wounded.
According to a report from NBC News, the three soldiers were killed when the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team’s vehicle was involved in an accident.
Three of the soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, NBC’s report said. Three additional victims were rushed to the Winn Army Community Hospital, where they are being evaluated for their wounds and treated accordingly.
3 Soldiers Killed, 3 Hurt in Army Fort Stewart Training Accident https://t.co/l4zgQmGrbV
— 106.1 FM WTKK (@1061fmWTKK) October 20, 2019
While officials did not provide many details into the tragic accident, the Army’s press release stated that the soldiers were engaged in a training mission when the Bradley Fighting Vehicle that they were riding in crashed.
Officials within the Army released a formal statement in which they confirmed the tragic loss of the soldiers and asked for prayers for healing for those that were still fighting for their lives.
Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division said, “Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, as we are all devastated after a training accident this morning on the Fort Stewart Training Area. We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy.”
Three U.S. soldiers were killed while three more were hurt in a training accident at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield.https://t.co/vlQjwcW86H
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 20, 2019
Lt. Col. Patrick Husted, the spokesperson at Fort Stewart, said that the investigation into the crash is still ongoing and that the Army will release more information surrounding the accident shortly. The names of the afflicted soldiers are currently being withheld in order to provide time for officials to notify the next of kin.
A press briefing is expected within the next 24 hours.
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106.1 FM reported that Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield is home to the 3rd Infantry Division and houses more than 18,000 soldiers and 4,000 civilian Army workers.
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