Marines hurt in training incident, 5 critical

A US aphibious assault vehicle. (Lance Corporal Jack AE Rigsby, U.S. Marine Corps via AP)
A US aphibious assault vehicle. (Lance Corporal Jack AE Rigsby, U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

Los Angeles, Etats-Unis - Fifteen US Marines were injured on Wednesday, five critically, when their amphibious assault vehicle caught fire during a training exercise, a military spokesperson said.

The incident occurred at Camp Pendleton, California while a Marine battalion was undergoing a combat readiness evaluation, Marine spokesperson Paul Gainey confirmed.

"Officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident at this time," his statement said.

No other details were given about the fire or possible causes.

The injured Marines were evacuated to hospitals in the area, with eight taken to the Burn Centre at University of California San Diego Health.

Three of those were in critical condition and five in serious condition. Two more were in critical condition at the University of California Irvine Medical Centre, the Marines said.

Amphibious assault vehicles have been used by the Marines since the 1970s and are designed for landings from the sea.


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