Yesterday, during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, 4
members of 1st Platoon, Company A, a Navy Corpsman and 9
Marines from C Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines were badly
burned when training went FUBAR.
All were riding in an armored amphibious vehicle when they
pulled off the road and nicked an above ground gas line. When
the treads of the vehicle hit the gray gas line it exploded.
The gas fire welded the steel treads, ate the entire roof and
right side of the vehicle, and melted weapons inside.
The explosion ruptured the vehicles gas tank which added 170
gallons of diesel fuel to the fire that took 6 hour to get
under control. 6 paramedic units, 3 brush fire engines, a
ladder truck, 5 aero-medical ambulances, and a firefighting
aircraft were on scene.
The officials who planned the exercise didn’t know that a
Marine D8T bulldozer had ruptured the same line, 30 yards away,
3 months earlier. In that instance there was no explosion and
everyone was evacuated safely.
Our condolences to the victims, their families and friends,
and others affected by this tragedy. For the whole story go to
Enjoy the rest of our Tuesday and if you could, give these
Marines and sailor a quick prayer.
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