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November 7, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Lewis-McChord soldier killed in training accident

From Seattle Times reporter Craig Welch

A Stryker vehicle rollover accident on Monday killed a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and injured four others.

The accident occurred at Fort Irwin, Calif., where the brigade is currently training. The injured were evacuated by helicopter to a hospital at the training center, according to a statement released by Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Army has withheld the name of the deceased soldier, pending notification of next kin. Army officials report that three of the injured soldiers were treated and released, while a fourth soldier was transported to a civilian medical facility for additional care.

The 2/2 was formerly known as the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and deployed to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 with the eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles.

The brigade is expected to deploy overseas in 2012, and the training at Fort Irwin is in preparation for that deployment.

The cause of Monday’s accident is under investigation.

 

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