2 U.S. soldiers dead: After a military vehicle accident close to Salcha, Alaska, twelve more people were hurt in addition to the two dead US service members.
According to a news release from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, seventeen personnel of the 11th Airborne Division were traveling in a light medium tactical transport vehicle in the Yukon Training Area at the time of the incident. The base serves as the division’s main office and is situated in Anchorage, Alaska.
According to Alaska News Source, the driver lost control of the vehicle while it was being driven along a dirt road into the training area and it flipped over.
The accident’s cause is “under investigation,” according to the news release.
Before the soldiers could be “medically evacuated” to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Fairbanks, first responders “reached the scene and extracted the personnel,” according to the press release. They also provided medical care. The news announcement stated that some were taken by air and some were transported by ground.
The news announcement had no details regarding the injuries sustained by the soldiers. The two troops who were most seriously hurt were flown to the Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, according to Alaska News Source.
The identities of the two deceased troops are yet unknown. After next-of-kin notifications are complete, the military does not confirm the names of deceased service members for 24 hours.
According to John Pennell, the division’s chief of media relations, “any time we lose our soldiers, it’s a tragic event for the families, for the other soldiers, for the soldiers’ friends.” The 11th Airborne Division family as a whole is mourning the death of these two men and getting ready to stand up and support their families in any way we can.