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1 Marine killed, 6 injured in light armored vehicle rollover at Camp Pendleton

A Light Armored Vehicle, with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, moves to the static display area for the guests to view at Red Beach during the Marine Air- Ground Task Force demonstration for the 75th Anniversary on Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 14, 2017. (Lance Cpl. Betzabeth Y. Galvan/U.S. Marine Corps)

A Marine was killed and six more injured at Camp Pendleton Thursday when the light armored vehicle they were in rolled over during training, the Marines said in a statement.

The Marines are from the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton. The incident is under investigation.

The name of the Marine who was killed is being withheld until their next of kin are notified, the statement said.

The six injured Marines were taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Their injuries are not serious, the Marines said.

A Marine spokesman said he could not comment further on the conditions of the injured Marines.

The rollover of the LAV-25 vehicle occurred around 9 a.m. Thursday.

This accident is not the first one at the base.

Last month another Marine, Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, was killed in another rollover accident during training on the base.

Braica was injured when his MRZR off-road vehicle rolled over. He died the next day.

He was attached to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.

Two of the three other Marines on board received minor injuries in the one-vehicle crash, which is under investigation.

In 2017, 15 Marines were injured on base when their amphibious assault vehicle — known as an “amtrack” — hit a natural gas line and was engulfed in flames. The accident occurred during a pre-deployment combat readiness evaluation at the San Mateo section of the base.

Six Marines were admitted in critical condition and six were in serious condition at local hospitals at the time.

Four of the severely-burned Marines have sued San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Gas Co. and Texas-based Kinder Morgan in November. They were from the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion.

Camp Pendleton is the West Coast home of the Marine Corps. It encompasses more than 200 square miles, including a variety of training facilities for Marine, Army and Navy units.

It has a daytime population of more than 70,000 military and civilian personnel. More than 38,000 military family members live on base.


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