Army officials identify soldiers involved in Ft. Jackson accident
FT. JACKSON, S.C. (WACH) Army officials have identified the soldiers involved in Friday's accident at Fort Jackson.
Officials named Pvt. Ethan McKay Shrader, 19, of Prospect, Tennessee and Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft of Cincinnati, Ohio as the two soldiers killed after the incident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Shrader was struck by the military vehicle. He was transported to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, where he later passed away. The results of Ashcraft's autopsy have not been announced yet.
The accident also injured six others, with two soldiers sustaining critical injuries. Those injured include:
- Pvt. Emmett Foreman, from Daleville, AL
- Pvt. Hannah New, Cartersville, GA
- Pvt. Benjamin Key, Livingston, TN
- Pvt. Alan Kryszak, Clarksville, TN
- Pvt. Cardre Jackson Jr., Laurel, MD
- Pvt. James Foster, Macon, GA
"We are continuing to support everyone affected by this tragic event," said U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commander Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson. "I am very appreciative for all the exceptional support from the Columbia medical community. I appreciate the outpouring of support."
Johnson added, "Please keep the family members, injured soldiers and our fellow teammates affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers."
An investigation into the events surrounding the accident continues.
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