Marines injured in fiery training accident at Camp Pendleton

FILE- 550 Marines from 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion reserve unit came to Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach as part of their annual training exercises to practice amphibious assault tactics

FILE- 550 Marines from 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion reserve unit came to Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach as part of their annual training exercises to practice amphibious assault tactics

An amphibious assault vehicle with 15 Marines inside burst into flames during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, California on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the incident.

Eight Marines were medically evacuated to the UC San Diego Health's Burn Center.

Gainey said the Marines were being treated at hospitals in the area, including off the base.

Camp Pendleton's media relations office affirmed there was an occurrence including an AAV fire on base, yet guided inquiries to first Marine Division.

The vehicle reportedly was involved in an accident and then caught fire. The vehicle is used to transport Marines from sea to land and has been used since the 1970s.

- Four were transported to the University of California Irvine Medical Center, where two were in critical condition.

- One was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in stable condition.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as they receive medical care", the statement read. They can carry up to 28 Marines at a time.

Division spokesman 1st Lt. Paul Gainey said that the Corps will continue to provide updates as more details about the mishap become available.

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