Seven US marines from a North Carolina unit were killed and several injured in a training accident at the Hawthorne army depot in western Nevada, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.
The injured were taken to area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation. A spokesman for Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, the area’s major trauma hospital, could not immediately confirm how many people were being treated there.
“We send our prayers and condolences to the families of marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time,” said the force’s commander, Major General Raymond C Fox. “We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice.”
The identities of those killed were not released pending notification of their families and a 24-hour waiting period after that.
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