A training accident Thursday at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California resulted in the death of one Marine and injuries to 18 others, officials said.
The incident occurred when a 7-ton truck rolled in the course of routine training. Few details on the event were available for release according to the public affairs officer for the 1st Marine Division according to the Associated Press. The truck is typically used to transport Marines and supplies.
Several of the injured were transported to Escondido, California’s Palomar Medical Center as of early Friday. A Friday report revealed that six of the 18 were listed in critical condition.
“The command’s priorities are to take care of the Marines, Sailors and families of the unit,” First Lt. Colleen McFadden stated. “We want to ensure the Marines and their family members are being provided for during this difficult time.”
The Marine who was killed in the incident was a member of the 1st Marine Division. The person’s name is not being released as per protocol, until 24 hours after the family has been notified according to McFadden.
“After this tragic training accident, our first concern is for the welfare of our deceased Marine, the injured and their families,” Maj. General Daniel J. O’Donohue, commanding general of 1st Marine Division said Friday according to the AP. “They are held close in our hearts and prayers. Our commanders, chaplains, medical personnel and families and surrounding communities have come together in support. We deeply appreciate all the support and sympathy that we have received for this tragic loss.”
What caused the accident may not be known for months while the accident is investigated.
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