FORT STEWART, Ga. (WTOC/Gray News) - Three 3rd ID soldiers are dead and three more are injured after an early morning training accident on Fort Stewart.
Six 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Soldiers were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle Sunday morning when it was involved in a training accident. (Photo: US Army / Alex Kirk Amen)
According to the 3rd ID, six 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Soldiers were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle on Sunday morning when it rolled over into the water.
Three soldiers were killed in the incident, while the other three were taken to Winn Army Community Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
The injured are said to be in good condition. Two were released from Winn Army Community Hospital and one was taken to Memorial Hospital in Savannah with non-life threatening 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,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division. “We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers and injuries to three more. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy."
The 3rd ID says the names of the soldiers involved in Sunday’s incident will be released in the near future. The armored vehicle and soldiers are part of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat team stationed at Fort Stewart.
Congressman Buddy Carter released the following statement in reference to the incident:
"This is a tragic and devastating day for our community and nation. These brave soldiers gave everything for their nation, including their lives. Amy and I send our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of these heroes and the entire 3ID community. The sacrifices of our military families are greater than most of us will ever know.
As we learn more about the situation, we are praying for the health, hope, and recovery of the injured soldiers in the coming days ahead. We can never truly properly convey our gratitude."
The deadly incident follows other accidents for the military, including one in June at West Point where one cadet was killed and 21 others were injured in a vehicle training exercise.
In January, a combat engineer died when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over.
Carter said pending the results of the investigation, he is not opposed to the possible suspension of the Bradley vehicles, saying one death or even one accident is one too many.
The incident is currently under investigation.
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