A land and/or water capable strike vehicle with 15 Marines inside burst into flares amid a preparation practice at Camp Pendleton, California on Wednesday, as indicated by a source with learning of the episode. Three of those Marines are considered in critical condition and the other five are listed in serious condition, according to 1st Lt. Paul Gainey, a spokesman for the USMC 1st Marine Division.
Fifteen Marines were injured in total, the statement said, and all are now being treated for various unknown injuries.
The troops are with the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton.
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Those injured belonged to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion. The vehicle is used to transport Marines from sea to land and has been used since the 1970s. Four Marines, two in critical condition and two in unknown condition, were taken to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.
Two Marines were taken to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton with minor injuries. He was deployed with the 11 Marine Expeditionary Unit in early 2016. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials are investigating the accident. We'll update this post if we hear more.