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Marines injured in training accident at Camp Pendleton

Marines injured in training accident at Camp Pendleton”

Fifteen Marines are receiving medical care after an amphibious assault vehicle caught fire Wednesday morning aboard Camp Pendleton, California, officials said.

The injured, from the 1st Marine Division, were participating in a battalion training operation about 9:33 a.m. when the accident occurred, the Marine Corps said. They can carry up to 28 Marines at a time.

The publication also reported that three of the Marines were taken by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

An amphibious assault vehicle, or AAV-7, is a 30-ton, armored vehicle created to carry Marines and their equipment from Navy amphibious assault ships onto land and into combat.

Paul Gainey said they were still gathering information and couldn't give more details about the nature of the injuries - including whether they are life-threatening for any of the 15.

The accident is under investigation, officials said.

Conditions of the injured Marines were not immediately available.



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