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One killed in Fort Bragg training accident

Posted June 22, 2010 3:46 p.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2010 10:24 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.