9 soldiers injured in training exercise

Jun 8 2011 - 1:29pm

YAKIMA -- Nine soldiers were injured Tuesday morning in a military vehicle accident at the Yakima Training Center, according to a spokesman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Two of the soldiers were seriously injured and airlifted to a nearby hospital but are in stable condition, said Joe Kubistek, a Lewis-McChord spokesman.

The other soldiers were evaluated by medical personnel on scene, he said. They were treated and returned to duty at the training center.

The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. PDT at the Yakima Training Center, in Yakima, Wash. The soldiers from the 17th Fire Brigade were at the center performing field-artillery training at the time of the accident.

Maj. Chris Ophardt said the soldiers suffered bumps and bruises when the six-wheeled cargo truck they were riding in rolled on a tank trail at the training center.

No other information about the identity of the soldiers and what caused the accident were available. The U.S. Army is investigating the accident.

Ophardt says an investigation into the cause will take three to six weeks.

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