Marines Injured After Vehicle Catches Fire in California

Eight soldiers were wounded Thursday during a training incident at Fort Bragg N.C. It came just one day after a separate incident at Camp Pendleton Calif. left 15 Marines wounded

Eight soldiers were wounded Thursday during a training incident at Fort Bragg N.C. It came just one day after a separate incident at Camp Pendleton Calif. left 15 Marines wounded

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

The troops, all from units within 1st Marine Division, had been conducting scheduled battalion training at the time.

According to NBC San Diego, 1st Marine Division public affairs officer 1st Lt. Paul Gainey said the incident occurred during a training exercise and that 15 Marines were injured. Everyone inside was able to get out but at least three of the Marines are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation, Business Insider reported. Gainey says he had no further information to release yet.

15 Marines were wounded when an amphibious assault vehicle caught on fire Wednesday at Camp Pendleton during a combat readiness evaluation
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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.

After that tragedy, the Marine Corps stopped using its mine clearance system, the MK-154.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as they receive medical care", the statement added. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which happened on land, but authorities were investigating the incident, he said.

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