Three soldiers were killed and three more hospitalized on Sunday after their armored vehicle was involved in an accident during a training exercise in Georgia, the Army revealed.
The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team soldiers were all in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle when it was involved in the deadly incident at the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, military officials said in a statement.
No further details were given as to what actually happened to the vehicle, which is similar to a tank only smaller and with less firepower.
“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,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, the 3rd Infantry Division’s commanding general.
“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.”
The three injured soldiers were evacuated and taken to an Army hospital, where they were being evaluated and treated. There was no word on their conditions.
The accident is still under investigation. Officials said they’ll publicly identify the dead soldiers once their next of kin are notified.
Fort Stewart-Hunter employs over 22,500 people and has 288,000 acres for “unequaled joint training opportunities along the Eastern seaboard for all branches of the military,” according to the Army’s website.
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