Camp Pendleton accident leaves 15 Marines injured

15 Marines Injured in Training Accident on Camp Pendleton USMC
15 Marines taken to hospitals after tank catches fire at Camp Pendleton
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14 September, 2017

Fifteen Marines from California's Camp Pendleton have been taken to Southern California hospitals following a training exercise accident Wednesday morning.

"All Marines are now being treated for injuries". Gainey says the command is investigating. In 2013, a corporal was killed and four of his crewmates were hurt in an AAV fire caused by igniting ordnance; that incident led the Marine Corps to discontinue use of the AAV's Mark 154 mine-clearance launching system.

The involved vehicle caught fire, 1st Lt. Paul Gainey, a spokesman for the USMC 1st Marine Division, told City News Service.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as they receive medical care", the Marine Corps statement said, striking a grave tone. On Aug. 30, Private First Class Michael P. Giannattasio was found unresponsive during a land navigation training event with the Basic Reconnaissance Course, School of Infantry West, aboard Camp Pendleton. They can carry up to 28 Marines at a time. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This post will be updated as more details become available.


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