Accident at Fort Bragg injures nine

February 23, 2009 9:00:00 PM PST
Nine soldiers were hurt Tuesday in a vehicle accident on Fort Bragg.

Hoke County Emergency Management confirmed more than a dozen Special Operations soldiers were on board a LMTV (Light Medium Tactical Vehicle) when it overturned on Plank Road, near Mott Lake.

It got the call just before 8:45 a.m.

A news release sent out by Fort Bragg public affairs said 13 students with the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School were on board the vehicle.

The truck went down an embankment towards Mott Lake, but stopped short of the water.

The uninjured soldiers were able to pull themselves from the vehicle to begin giving first aid to the others, said Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko, commander of the USAJFKSWCS.

“We would like to thank all of the emergency responders for their assistance in providing emergency medical care to our Soldiers,” said Csrnko. “Our immediate task is to ensure our men and their families receive all of the support that they require.”

Csrnko said the men were training with 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne). Bragg officials declined to identify any of the soldiers on board pending notification of next of kin.

The LMTV is a smaller army truck with a 2.5 ton capacity that is manufactured in several configurations - including an armored model.

Click here to read more about the LMTV on Wilkipedia

Two of the injured were taken by helicopter to Womack Army Medical Center. The rest were taken to hospital by ground ambulance. There's no word yet on their conditions.

Plank Road reopened to traffic just before noon Tuesday. Locals know it as a main route through Fort Bragg to Southern Pines.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.


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