Two soldiers were killed and six more were injured in an incident involving a military vehicle and group formation on Fort Jackson in South Carolina on Friday. All of the injured soldiers were evacuated to a nearby civilian hospital where two remain in critical condition.
According to a statement made by Pat Jones of the Fort Jackson Public Affairs Office, a vehicle collided with the soldiers who were in formation at approximately 1600 local time. What type of military vehicle was involved in the incident, however, has yet to be released. The names of the killed and injured soldiers are also currently being withheld, pending family notifications.
“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.
Congressmen Joe Wilson, whose district includes the Fort Jackson facility that lies just outside of Columbia, South Carolina, also released a statement regarding the incident on Twitter Friday evening.