In a devastating incident in Alaska, two U.S. Army soldiers lost their lives, and a dozen others sustained injuries when a military truck was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Monday. The incident occurred within the Yukon Training Area, near Salcha, as reported by officials from the 11th Airborne Division of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Seventeen soldiers were onboard a light medium tactical vehicle, commonly used for troop transportation, when the accident unfolded. First responders swiftly arrived at the scene, providing immediate medical care until the injured soldiers could be evacuated, both by ground and air, to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, located approximately 30 miles from Salcha.
Tragically, two soldiers succumbed to their injuries, while the conditions of the remaining 12 injured soldiers were not immediately available as of early Tuesday.
To protect the privacy and sensitivity of the situation, officials refrained from disclosing the identities of the deceased soldiers until their families could be notified. The cause of this single-vehicle incident remains under investigation, with officials refraining from providing specific details about the circumstances leading to the accident.
According to U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell, the military vehicle appeared to have overturned while en route to a training exercise. The driver of the vehicle lost control, resulting in the truck flipping over on a dirt road within the Yukon Training Area. As of early Tuesday, the status of the driver remained uncertain.