An 82nd Airborne paratrooper was killed in an explosion at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Friday, according to the AP.
Seven others were injured, two of which were seriously injured. Officials are crediting two onsite medics with providing life-saving first aid treatments to the injured until they could get to medical facilities.
The two seriously injured are currently recovering, one at Womack Army Medical Center, while the other has been transferred to Duke University Medical Center.
The fallen soldier and the two that were injured remain unnamed until next of kin have been notified.
A statement from Fort Bragg recounted what happened as “an incident” with a M777 light, towed howitzer. The blast occurred during artillery live-fire training involving the 18th Fires Brigade. As of now, there is no further information available.
This post was on the Fort Bragg Facebook page yesterday:
According to Fox, Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson, Jr., Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division said this,
“We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the Paratroopers killed and wounded in this tragic incident.”
The Army is currently investigating what went wrong and what, if anything, can be done to prevent such incidents in the future.
Image via Wikimedia Commons