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Marine dies after training accident at Camp Pendleton

U.S. Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines prepare to begin a patrol in the Polaris MRZR all-terrain vehicle. The MRZR is designed to quickly concentrate and disperse forces as required, and provide initial assault and raid capability for surface and vertical assaults during the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory's Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment on Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 8, 2016. (Cpl. Isaac D. Martinez/U.S. Marine Corps)

A special operations Marine was killed during training at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps said Monday.

The member of the Marine Raider unit of the Special Operations Command was injured during a tactical vehicle training exercise Saturday. He was evacuated by a military aircraft, but died Sunday, a Marine spokesman said. Two others were also injured during the training.

Maj. Nick Mannweiler, the spokesman, said the vehicle rolled over during the exercise. Mannweiler said the MRZR, an off-road, four-person vehicle, can hold “a decent amount of ammunition and weapons” and that rollovers are not common. Headquartered at Camp Pendleton, the 1st Marine Raider Battalion is organized, trained and equipped to deploy for worldwide missions as directed by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

The name of the Marine who died will be released after the next of kin has been notified. The Marine Corps is investigating the incident.

“Our thoughts are with his family and teammates during this difficult time,” the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command posted on Facebook.

Last week, three Marines were killed in a car bombing at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

Times staff writer Jaclyn Cosgrove contributed to this report.


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