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UPDATE: 3 Nevada Army Guardsmen injured in Louisiana training accident

Posted at 6:32 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 19:24:56-04

UPDATE APRIL 17: Three Nevada Army National Soldiers were injured in a military multi-vehicle rollover accident during early-morning training on May 15 at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana. One active duty Soldier died in the accident, and a total of 12 Soldiers were injured.

The injured Nevada Army Guard Soldiers are Staff Sgt. Damian Jorgensen, 30, of Las Vegas, Spc. Patrick Kelly, 27, of Henderson, and Spc. Brennan Garcia, 23, of Las Vegas.

Garcia sustained facial lacerations and back pain, and Kelly sustained broken ribs and back pain. Both were admitted to a nearby hospital and have since been released. Jorgensen was evaluated and treated at the scene. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

The accident occurred when several military vehicles failed to navigate a turn on uneven terrain.

Investigators are looking into whether proper safety procedures and measures were followed.

All of the 72nd Soldiers are set to return to Nevada when the unit's annual training concludes on May 25.

One Army Reservist was killed, and four Nevada Army National Guardsmen were injured in a military vehicle rollover accident during training at 3 a.m. May 15 at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until 24 hours after the family has been notified and will be released by the U.S. Army.

The four injured were members of the 72nd Military Police Company, Nevada Army National Guard, in Las Vegas. Two of the individuals are being held at a nearby military hospital. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

The names of the injured are also being withheld pending 24-hour notification of family. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

"Safety is paramount in all that we do," said Brig. Gen. William Burks, Nevada National Guard adjutant general. "We train as we fight and unfortunately, accidents occur during realistic training in dynamic environments. Our sympathies go out to the family of the individual that was killed. We are closely monitoring this situation and hope for a speedy recovery to those who were injured."