Marines injured in training accident on Camp Pendleton, 5 in critical condition

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

Military authorities are investigating a Wednesday morning training accident at Camp Pendleton that sent 15 Marines to multiple area hospitals after their amphibious assault vehicle caught on fire.

The Marine Corps said in a statement Wednesday that three of the Marines were listed in critical condition at the Burn Center at the University of California San Diego Health and five were in serious condition.

Despite the fact that the vehicle was inundated on fire, the majority of the Marines could get away.

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At about 9:30 a.m., an "amphibious landing vehicle" was involved in an accident on the base during battalion training, according to a news release from 1st Marine Division Public Affairs. In 2013, a corporal was killed and four of his crewmates were hurt in an AAV fire caused by igniting ordnance; that incident led the Marine Corps to discontinue use of the AAV's Mark 154 mine-clearance launching system. Two of whom are considered in critical condition and the other two are being treated for an unknown medical condition, Lt. Gainey said.

Officials said: "All Marines are now being treated for injuries".

The extent of their injuries was not immediately known, but Marine officials said in a statement that they were receiving medical treatment.

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