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Fatal Training Accident

By: AP
By: AP

Army officials have identified the soldier who was killed when a 50-caliber machine gun round was accidentally discharged into a crowded motor pool yesterday at the post.

Twenty-eight-year-old Private Tim J. Madison, of Glenwood, Iowa, was killed during a large-scale training exercise.

He was assigned to E-Company, Brigade Support Battalion, Second Brigade.

Eight other soldiers were injured during a training exercise. The army says one soldier was hospitalized but the injuries were not life-threatening.

Three soldiers were treated for gunshot wounds, and five others suffered temporary hearing loss.

The 16-day training exercise is called the Bayonet Strike, being conducted to prepare for rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. That's scheduled for later this summer.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.


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