Two Marines were killed and 17 others injured Wednesday after a 7-ton military vehicle ran over in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
The Marines participating were active service members of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group based at nearby Camp Lejeune.
Two Marines were transported to a regional medical center in Wilmington, North Carolina, and are listed in critical condition, according to a press release from Marine Logistics Group 2. 15. Other wounded soldiers were taken to the medical center at Camp Lejeune, where they were listed in stable condition, according to the statement.
“The names of the deceased will be withheld until 24 hours after notification of the next of kin, and the names of the injured are being withheld in accordance with privacy regulations,” the statement read.
The crash occurred as the military vehicle was attempting to turn onto US 17 from NC 210, North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Devin Rich said during an evening press conference.
“While making a right turn, the vehicle, which was a 7-ton military vehicle, lost control and overturned, pushing the Marines in the back of the truck into the roadway,” Rich said.
According to the statement, the military vehicle participating in the reshuffle is the medium tactical alternative vehicle (MTVR), also known as the “7 ton”, which is mainly used for “the purpose of transporting troops and equipment”.
The Highway Patrol’s Reconstruction Unit is working with the district’s military to investigate the crash and the vehicle’s speed at the time of the rollover, Rich said.
“They are in the process of making the necessary measurements to get a speed that approximates the speed at which they are traveling,” says Rich. “We knew it was a bit too fast to make the right turn that they were trying to make.”
Camp Lejeune is a training ground that focuses on combat readiness. It is the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast and occupies approximately 153,439 acres with 14 miles of beach on the Atlantic Ocean, According to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.