3 soldiers die, 3 hurt in Army Fort Stewart training accident

John Bacon, USA TODAY
In this Aug. 24, 2009, file photo a soldier walks through the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team motor pool at Fort Stewart, Ga. U.S. Army officials say three soldiers were killed and three others were injured when the armored vehicle they were riding in rolled over into water during training at Fort Stewart on Oct. 20, 2019.

Three soldiers were killed and three more injured Sunday when an armored vehicle crashed during training exercises at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

The soldiers with the Army's 1st Armored Brigade Combat "Raiders" were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, but details of the incident were not immediately released. Three soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene, and the others were evacuated to Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart spokesman Lt. Col. Patrick Husted said in a statement.

Two of the injured were treated and released, while the third was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Husted said.

"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."

Dogface is a term for soldiers serving in the infantry.

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The investigation was continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available, Husted said. The names of the soldiers will be released Monday, he added.

Grief counseling was being provided to soldiers, Husted said.

Earlier this month, almost two dozen paratroopers were injured at Camp Shelby in Mississippi when troops jumped from a C-130 in high winds and were blown from their intended drop zone into a group of pine trees.

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield is home to the 3rd Infantry Division and more than 18,000 soldiers and 4,000 Army civilian workers. The 450-square-mile base is responsible for training, equipping, deploying, and redeploying active and reserve Army units.

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