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National Guard member from Pennsylvania killed in Fort Indiantown Gap training accident

Fort Indiantown Gap (Sgt. Shane Smith/Fort Indiantown Gap)

A National Guard member from New Castle died in a crash during training over the weekend in Central Pennsylvania, officials said Monday, Oct. 24.

Spc. Mackenzie Shay, 20, was killed Saturday in “an accident involving two military vehicles,” according to Capt. Travis Mueller.

Ms. Shay was an Army Petroleum Supply Specialist assigned to the 28th Infantry Division’s Company G, 128th Brigade Support Battalion.

Three other National Guard members were injured in the incident. They were treated at Hershey Medical Center and released.

The incident happened at Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility that is also a census-designated place in Lebanon County.

The military released no further details about what led to the incident, saying only that it remains under investigation. WHP-TV reported that the accident occurred during a routine supply mission between ranges in the fort’s more remote training area, according to fort officials.

Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, the adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard, called the crash a tragic accident.

“Our priority right now is taking care of the family and soldiers, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time,” he said in a statement.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered flags at all state and public facilities lowered to half-staff until Ms. Shay’s interment, which had not been set as of Monday afternoon.


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