WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Two soldiers were killed and six others were injured in “tragic accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation” at an accident, a U.S. Army training center in South Carolina on Friday, the military said.
- Two of those wounded remain in critical condition, the military said in a statement. Injured servicemen were taken to a hospital outside the military base.
- The names of the soldiers were not disclosed pending the notification of the victims’ family.
Public affairs officer Pat Jones recalled that a vehicle hit a troop formation at around 4 p.m. The Army said that thorough investigation will be made to know the cause of the accident.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers we lost today and to the families of the injured, they represent the best of our Nation and we will endeavor to support all those affected through this difficult time,” U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commander Major General Pete Johnson said in the statement.
According to the army training center, about 3,500 active-duty soldiers are designated to Fort Jackson full-time. Fort Jackson is a military installation that provides Basic Combat Training through the U.S. Army Training Center. The base provides 36,000 soldiers basic training and 8,000 soldiers advanced individual training every year, according to the base’s website.