A Bradley Fighting Vehicle was involved in the training accident that killed three soldiers at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, on
Sunday. Above, a Bradley is stationed to support a patrol mission by U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad. Liu Jin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption
A Bradley Fighting Vehicle was involved in the training accident that killed three soldiers at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, on Sunday. Above, a Bradley is stationed to support a patrol mission by U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad.Liu Jin/AFP via Getty Images
An early morning training exercise gone wrong resulted in the deaths of three soldiers and injured three more at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, on Sunday, according to Fort Stewart officials.
The accident involved the Bradley Fighting Vehicle that the soldiers were riding on. The three soldiers who were killed were pronounced dead on the scene, and the other three who were injured were taken to Winn Army Community Hospital.
All six soldiers involved in the incident were members of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, often referred to as Dogface.
"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."
The incident is currently under investigation, according to a news release. Fort Stewart officials have not released the soldiers' names and say they will do so 24 hours after they've notified the soldiers' families.
The 25-ton Bradley Fighting Vehicle is a type of protected transport vehicle that has been involved in deadly accidents before.
A Fort Hood soldier died last month after he was injured while conducting maintenance on one of the armored vehicles. In January, a 22-year-old combat engineer was killed in a training accident at the National Training Center at Fort Hood when the Bradley Fighting Vehicle he was riding on rolled over. Three other soldiers were injured in that accident.