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Marine dies and six are hurt in second fatal rollover in a month at Camp Pendleton

Marine dies and six are hurt in second fatal rollover in a month at Camp Pendleton
An LAV-25 armored reconnaissance vehicle of the type involved in Thursday's accident prepares for an exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in this 2012 photo. (Courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense)

One Marine died and six others were injured Thursday in the second fatal rollover accident reported in the past month at Camp Pendleton.

The Marine, whose name has not been released, died when a light armored vehicle rolled over during training about 9 a.m.

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The six injured Marines were evacuated to a hospital. None of them were seriously hurt, according to a statement released by the 1st Marine Division Press Office.

The Marines are from the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

Officials are investigating the circumstances of the accident.

“This is a tragic event and our thoughts are with the family, friends and the unit at this difficult time,” a statement from the 1st Marine Division read.

It was the second fatal rollover accident in the past month at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps’ largest West Coast expeditionary training facility, which encompasses more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain, according to the base’s website.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, a member of the Marine Raider unit of the Special Operations Command, was injured April 13 during a tactical vehicle training exercise when an MRZR, an off-road, four-person vehicle, rolled over. Braica died the following day.

Camp Pendleton is one of the U.S. Department of Defense's busiest installations and offers a broad spectrum of training facilities for many active and reserve Marine, Army and Navy units, as well as national, state and local agencies, according to the base’s website. More than 38,000 military family members live at the base’s housing complexes. The base’s daytime population is an estimated 70,000 military and civilian personnel.

Times staff writer Colleen Shalby contributed to this report.

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