Friday, a vehicle rollover accident injures 18 Marines, six of which were listed in critical condition. A multi-ton truck carrying the Marines flipped onto a paved road at Camp Pendleton, killing a 21-year-old corporal who was from Louisiana, according to officials.
Luckily, eight of the troops sustained no injuries, and four were treated and discharged from the medical facilities in San Diego County with no life-altering injuries, the Marine Corps. said. 1st Lieutenant Colleen McFadden said all the 19 Marines were from the 1st Marine Division.
The identity of the killed Marine was released by the Marine Corps. Shortly after the accident in a statement, his name was Bryan Michael Lauw from Denham Springs, Louisiana.
Lauw was an anti-tank missileman from the division’s 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. He served aboard an assault ship in Central America and South America during his career.
“After this tragic training accident, our first concern is for the welfare of our deceased Marine, the injured and their families,” Maj. General Daniel J. O’Donohue, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, said in a statement Friday. “They are held close in our hearts and prayers.”
The accident remains under investigation. The trucks are commonly used to transport Marines and supplies, however it is unclear whether it hit something, experienced a mechanical failure or was traveling at a high speed that afternoon on Basilone Road. There were no additional vehicles involved in the accident, McFadden stated.
Authorities believed the investigation may take months.
The truck the Marines were in is the workhorse for the Navy and Marine Corps, it carries troops, supplies, and heavy equipment. The Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement is built to travel over any terrain and operate in extreme weather, ranging from minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a deceiving Hulk appearance, as it can ford 5 feet of water, climb a 60-percent gradient and navigate a 30-degree slope. It can also carry 15 tons over the highway and up to 7 tons off-road.
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