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Soldier injured at Yakima (updated)

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 19, 2008 at 11:04 am |
September 19, 2008 11:04 am

A Fort Lewis soldier was injured early Friday at the Yakima Training Center, where his unit, the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, is conducting a major exercise.


The unidentified soldier was trapped between two vehicles, The Associated Press and the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. The solder was reported in serious condition at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, the wire service reported.


Checking with Fort Lewis for more information.


Update: Fort Lewis says the 21-year-old soldier was injured about 2:30 a.m. during maneuvers on the north end of the 300,000+ acre post.


He was airlifted to Yakima Valley Memorial where he is listed in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit, a Fort Lewis spokeswoman said.


He was on foot “when he was apparently trapped between two Stryker vehicles, and sustained serious injuries,” the post said in a prepared statement.


The soldier is assigned to C Company of the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment.


“Military training is inherently dangerous, and the Army takes training accidents, such as this one, very seriously,” the post’s statement said. “We will investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident, and incorporate any lessons learned into future training to help ensure the safety of our soldiers.”

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