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3 Soldiers killed, 3 more injured in Fort Stewart training accident

A M2 Bradley fighting vehicle and a group of M1 Abrams tanks. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
October 20, 2019

Three U.S. Army Soldiers were killed and three more were hospitalized Sunday after a training accident at Fort Stewart, Georgia involving an armored vehicle.

Six 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Soldiers were involved in the Sunday incident when the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle they were riding on was involved in a crash, according to a press statement obtained by Fox News.

Three of the six soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other three were brought to the nearby Winn Army Community Hospital where they are reportedly being evaluated and treated for their injuries.

“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,” Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division, said of the accident. “We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more.”

Base officials are waiting to finish notifying family members of those involved in the accident, after which their names will be released.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy,” Aguto said.

The cause of the accident is currently being investigated, according to WSAV3 News.

“The entire 3ID extends its deepest condolences to the families of the soldiers involved in this incident,” Fort Stewart officials said.

In June, a Nevada Army National Guard soldier was killed when an M1A1 Abrams tank rolled over during a training exercise Fort Irwin National Training Center.

In May, a soldier died during a training incident at Fort Polk, Louisiana during a fatal rollover accident involving multiple military Humvees. The crash also resulted in the injury of 12 other soldiers involved.

Earlier that same week in May, one Marine was killed and six more were injured at Camp Pendleton when the LAV-25 vehicle they were in rolled over.