Six of 18 Marines were listed in critical condition after they were injured in a vehicle rollover on Friday. Marines from 1st Marine Division were riding in a 7-Ton truck on a Basilone road aboard Camp Pendleton, when suddenly the vehicle flipped. It’s unclear whether the truck hit something, suffered from mechanical failure, or if it was from a high rate of speed.
Four Marines have been discharged and eight Marines are listed in stable condition. Several Marines were taken via life-flight to medical facilities in San Diego County.
The troops were returning from routine training at the time, McFadden said. Authorities said the investigation into the cause of the accident could take months.
“After this tragic training accident, our first concern is for the welfare of our deceased Marine, the injured and their families,” Maj. General Daniel J. O’Donohue, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, said in a statement Friday. “They are held close in our hearts and prayers. Our commanders, chaplains, medical personnel and families and surrounding communities have come together in support. We deeply appreciate all the support and sympathy that we have received for this tragic loss.”