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One killed in Fort Bragg training accident

Posted June 22, 2010

— One contractor was killed Tuesday, and a second contractor and a soldier were wounded during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, officials said.

The accident occurred at Range 77 on post shortly before 1 p.m., but few details of the incident were released.

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An employee of Echota Technologies Corp., which helps Army personnel operate tactical ranges on post, was shot in the incident and died at Womack Army Medical Center, officials said. A second range control contractor also was shot and was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for treatment.

A bullet grazed the arm of a soldier who is a student at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. He was being treated at Womack Army Medical Center.

"We have a whole variety of safety measures in place, but obviously, something out of the ordinary happened," Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum said.

Soldiers on Range 77 were taking part in small-unit tactics to help prepare units for overseas missions, McCollum said.

"They're done under as realistic conditions as possible. Therefore, live ammunition was used," he said.

The identities of the two contractors and the soldier haven't been released.

The incident remains under investigation.

Officials with Tennessee-based Echota Technologies Corp. declined to comment Tuesday.


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  • Duke _Nukem Jun 23, 2010

    I can remember Rangers shooting a M-60 over my head during live fire training. It sounds stupid, but it's a necessary part of trainging. When you hear and feel the rounds wizzing over you, it give you a real sense of combat and is as close as it gets to let you know how you feel and will probably react under real combat conditions.

  • pappy1 Jun 22, 2010

    It's only "vague" because it is under investigation, and will be for some time. Once appropriate next-of-notifications are complete, names will be released.

    It ought be enough for us all to know that a life was lost, and other are injured. At least, until more details can be released.

    God bless all concerned.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Jun 22, 2010

    I hate how vague this is.

  • bluetarheel21 Jun 22, 2010

    Horrible story, I am praying for the families!

  • Adelinthe Jun 22, 2010

    Awww no!!!

    Praying for their loved ones, and praying for the healing of the injured.

    God bless.