A U.S. sailor was killed and seven people were injured in a training exercise for SEAL forces in Fort Knox, Ky., officials said Friday.
The accident took place Wednesday night during a training exercise that involved a Humvee vehicle that overturned, officials from Naval Special Warfare Group 2 said in a statement emailed to reporters.
Seven other service members were injured. They sustained minor injuries, were treated and released, officials said.
The dead sailor was identified as Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class Jonathan H. Kaloust, assigned to an East Coast-based Navy SEAL team out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story, Va., officials said.
“The Naval Special Warfare community is deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” said Capt. Robert Smith, commander, Naval Special Warfare Group 2. “Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the family and friends of our fallen teammate and those injured in the accident.
“A thorough investigation into the incident is underway,” he stated.
This week’s training accident was at least the second in the United States since March, when a mortar explosion killed seven Marines and injured eight service members in Nevada.
Fort Knox, about 50 miles southwest of Louisville, has about 14,000 military personnel, including those on active duty and reserves. The Navy has used the base for training since World War II.