Two soldiers have lost their lives and six others were wounded after an incident with a military vehicle Friday afternoon at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. This has caught an already fatigued nation off guard.
A statement released by the military says that two service members are in critical contidion after the accident at the facility outside of Columbia. Those injured were took to a hospital outside of the military base. According to the statement of Pat Jones, the public affair officer, it appears a vehicle collided into a troop formation at around 4 p.m.
The base confirmed the news in a public statement: “A tragic accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation . . . resulted in the deaths of two soldiers and injured six others.”
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers we lost today and to the families of the injured, they represent the best of our Nation and we will endeavor to support all those affected through this difficult time,” U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commander Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson said in a statement.
The South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson expressed his condolences in a statement shared on Twitter. “Roxanne and I are deeply saddened by the news that two brave soldiers lost their lives at Fort Jackson. We are forever grateful for their sacrifices — and those of their families. We ask that everyone keep the six service members who sustained injuries in their thoughts and prayers in the days ahead,” Wilson wrote.
Fort Jackson is an U.S. Army training center. According to their website, Fort Jackson “trains 50 percent of the Army’s Basic Combat Training load. Providing the Army with trained, disciplined, motivated and physically fit warriors who espouse the Army’s core values and are focused on teamwork is the post’s primary mission.”
This is a sad day at Forth Jackson. Please pray for all involved in the accident and for the families whose phones will ring with bad news on this day. Share this post on Facebook and Twitter along with your prayers.