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15 Marines injured when training exercise goes horribly wrong.

A military training exercise in southern California went horribly wrong Wednesday when an amphibious assault vehicle mysteriously caught fire — injuring 15 Marines, some critically. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. local time at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, which is about 40 miles north of San Diego. At least five Marines were hospitalized...
Time: 21:53     Date: 13.09.2017
Last US News: 15 Marines injured when training exercise goes horribly wrong. NY Post 24 - US News

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. local time at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, which is about 40 miles north of San Diego.

At least five Marines were hospitalized in critical condition and another five were said to be seriously hurt.

Military authorities are investigating the “circumstances” surrounding the early morning blaze — the cause of which remained unclear Wednesday night, according to officials.

Those who were injured included members of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines infantry unit, and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, which operates the vehicles that were used during the land-based training exercise.

Officials said the Marines had been conducting a “combat readiness evaluation” as part of scheduled battalion training when the fire broke out in one of the heavily armored Assault Amphibious Vehicles, or “Amtracs.”

Eight of the 15 people who were injured wound up getting sent to the burn center at the University of California San Diego medical center, while four were were taken to University of California Irvine medical center in Orange County.

Officials said one Marine was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and reported in stable condition, and the two others were rushed to Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital with minor injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as they receive medical care,” a Marine Corps statement said on Wednesday afternoon.

According to reports, the last accident involving an amtrac, or AAV, was in 2013 at the Mojave Desert base in Twentynine Palms, CA. One Marine died and four others were injured when the vehicle they were in caught fire.

That incident was reportedly caused by ordnance, or mounted military materials such as ammo or weapons — which ignited during a training exercise.

The close call ultimately led the Marine Corps to upgrade its AAV fleet and implement stronger safety requirements.

The amphibious assault vehicles are built to bring combat troops ashore from larger naval vessels that are out at sea. They were rolled out it in the 1970s and can carry 20 Marines inside at a time, along with a three-person crew.

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