Two soldiers killed and six injured in accident involving military vehicle and a troop formation at Fort JacksonSoldiers at Fort Jackson family day 2016 (YouTube)
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Fort Jackson released the following statement and details have yet to be released:
A tragic accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation, here, late this afternoon, resulted in the deaths of two Soldiers and injured six others, two critically.
The injured were immediately evacuated to an off-post hospital.
The names are being withheld pending the notification of the next-of-kin.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers we lost today and to the families of the injured, they represent the best of our Nation and we will endeavor to support all those affected through this difficult time” said U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commander Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson.
We will thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident.
This comes a few days after Fort Jackson held Family Day where, as Fort Jackson stated, “it is the first opportunity a soldier and their family have to reunite after 10 weeks of basic combat training. The Soldiers make the introduction you see on this video and the families pull them out of formation and spend the day together before reporting back later that night. They meet again the next morning for graduation.”
Here is another video from a Family Day in 2016: