3 Nevada Army Soldiers injured in Louisiana training accident

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — Three Nevada Army National Guard Soldiers were injured in a military multi-vehicle rollover accident early Wednesday morning. The training was done 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, said the Nevada National Guard. The accident occurred when several military vehicles failed to navigate a turn on uneven terrain.

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

Garcia sustained facial lacerations and back pain, while Kelly suffered 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.

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.

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