FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Officials say Army privates from Ohio and Tennessee have been killed after a military vehicle struck a formation of soldiers at a training base in South Carolina.
The soldiers killed Friday at Fort Jackson have been identified as Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft, of Cincinnati, and Ethan Shrader, of Prospect, Tennessee. Six soldiers were hurt, two critically.
The injured soldiers were identified as:
—Pvt. Emmett Foreman, from Daleville, AL
—Pvt. Hannah New, Cartersville, GA
—Pvt. Benjamin Key, Livingston, TN
—Pvt. Alan Kryszak, Clarksville, TN
—Pvt. Cardre Jackson Jr., Laurel, MD
—Pvt. James Foster, Macon, GA
All of the injured were taken to an off-base hospital in Columbia. Their conditions were unknown Saturday.
Fort Jackson officials are calling it a “tragic event” but haven’t released any details about why the vehicle struck the soldiers.
The Army says it has started a thorough investigation.
“We are continuing to support everyone affected by this tragic event,” U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commander Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson said.
“I am very appreciative for all the exceptional support from the Columbia medical community. We also appreciate the outpouring of support,” Johnson said. “Please keep the family members, injured Soldiers and our fellow teammates affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.”
Fort Jackson is the Army’s largest training base with more than 50,000 recruits assigned there each year.