One Marine killed, 18 injured in accident at Camp Pendleton in California
A vehicle rollover crash during routine training at Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California left one marine dead and 18 others injured on Thursday, a spokesperson for the 1st Marine Division confirmed in a just released statement.
First Lt. Colleen McFadden confirmed the deadly single-vehicle rollover crash but declined to release the dead Marine's name. She said the Marine Base would not release the victim's name until 24 hours after relatives were notified.
Confirming the incident, she said, "The command's priorities are to take care of the Marines, Sailors and families of the unit. We want to ensure the Marines and their family members are being provided for during this difficult time."
McFadden stressed that she had very few details to share, including the kind vehicle that rolled over or the extent of the injuries that more than a dozen Marines suffered.
It was not the first accidental death of a Marine at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. In November 2013, four Marines lost their lives while clearing explosives in a training area.
The Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton spans more than 125,000 acres in Southern California, roughly forty miles from downtown San Diego. It is one of the biggest West Coast outposts for the U. S. Marine Corps.
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