Two soldiers with the 11th Airborne Division were killed and 12 were injured in a military vehicle accident Monday in Alaska, according to the division.
A Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, or LMTV, rolled over while traveling with a convoy in the Yukon Training Area, the division said in a statement. Seventeen soldiers were riding in the truck around 11 a.m. when the driver lost control.
First responders provided on-scene medical treatment and medically evacuated the soldiers by ground and air to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, about 30 miles from the site of the incident. Two soldiers were so severely injured they were flown 300 miles to Anchorage.
The Army is withholding the names of the deceased soldiers until 24 hours after next of kin are notified, which is standard practice.
“We're all grieving and kind of doing what we can to support the families,” Army spokesman John Pennell told a local news station. “Anytime we lose our soldiers, it's a tragic event for the family, for the fellow soldiers, for the soldiers' friends. Essentially, the entire 11th Airborne Division family is grieving the loss of these two soldiers and preparing to step forward for the families they've left behind.”
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