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Soldier killed, 2nd injured when National Guard truck crashes in NY

HARTFORD — A Connecticut Army National Guard soldier was killed and a second injured when their truck crashed on I-95 in Rye, N.Y., a spokesperson said.

The Army National Guard 2 1/2-ton truck and a civilian vehicle were southbound I-95 when they crashed near Exit 21 at 10:22 a.m., New York State Police said.

One of the soldiers in the truck was killed and another was taken to a hospital for treatment, Col. Michael E. Wieczorek, chief of staff for the Connecticut Army National Guard, said Thursday in Hartford. He said he did not know the condition of the second soldier.

Wieczorek said the driver of the civilian vehicle was taken to a local hospital.

Wieczorek said the two soldiers were traveling in a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, or LMTV, and were being followed by two other soldiers in a government van. They were transporting spent ammunition from a recent training exercise to Fort Dix, N.J. None of the ammunition was live, he said.

Authorities did not identify any of the victims Thursday afternoon. The rank and unit of the soldiers also were being withheld pending notification of families.

"We join the Connecticut National Guard in mourning the loss of one of our brave soldiers, and our prayers for a quick and full recovery go out to the soldier who was injured," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement.

Malloy ordered flags be lowered to half-staff and to remain that way until the services for the guardsman killed in the accident are held.

Both civilian and military authorities are investigating.

Wieczorek said all drivers are required to have 40 hours of classroom training along with 40 hours of training in the vehicle. Drivers also must complete an annual check and safety briefing.

All drivers, Wieczorek said, must possess a valid driver's license.

Courant Staff Writer Christine Dempsey contributed to this story.
 

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