Soldier Killed, Four Injured in Military Vehicle Accident at Fort Bragg

by Matthew Memrick
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A Fort Bragg military vehicle crash resulted in one soldier’s death and four more injured Monday afternoon. 

In a statement, Fort Bragg and the XVIII Airborne Corps said the fatal incident happened on Butner Road near Wilson Park. 

“This was a tough day here on Fort Bragg,” Col Joe Buccino, a Fort Bragg spokesman, said in a press release sent to Fox News. “It was a tough day for all of us. Our immediate thoughts right now are on the family, the men and women of the 16th Military Police Brigade, and the injured Soldiers.

Buccino said the non-combat tragedy “hurts” and that Fort Bragg was “focusing (its) attention on the troops and their families.”

Officials also say an investigation over the cause and nature of the accident may happen at a future time.

Soldier names were not available, pending family notification and the active investigation.

In a photo from WRAL TV, a humvee was in the middle of an S-curved road. Local police on the scene had closed off the area.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, Monday’s accident is the second fatal wreck involving a military vehicle in four months. The newspaper said Cpl. Mojave Littlejohn died in a June wreck while en route to training. Accordingly, the wreck hurt two other soldiers.

Additionally, the 21-year-old Michigan native was driving a military truck to a training range.

Furthermore, Littlejohn was in a caravan with other military vehicles when he died in the early-morning wreck.

Littlejohn was a horizontal construction engineer in the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, a press release said. 

Fort Bragg Soldier Died in Sept.

In another case, the Army Times reported on a Fort Bragg paratrooper’s car death on Sept. 13.

Sgt. Raymond Lopez passed away after a single-vehicle traffic accident on Highway 401 in nearby Raeford. The man was 30, according to a press release from the 82nd Airborne.

The Fresno, Calif. native was a member of the Golf Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

Lopez enlisted in 2013 and finished his infantryman training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Fort Bragg Name Change Ahead?

Stars and Stripes reported that the base would have a name change and the public would get a chance to give their input.

Options include keeping the name, renaming it after Braxton Bragg’s cousin or naming it after a woman.

The base started as a field artillery installation in 1918. Fort Bragg’s curator and archaeologist Linda Carnes-McNaughton said North Carolina native Bragg was an artillery officer. Bragg fought in the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico.

Later, Bragg became a Confederate general. He’s also associated with slavery and his role in fighting the Union Army. 

Recently, Congress mandated the name change.

Other suggested names are Edward S. Bragg, Dr. Mary Walker, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and former First lady Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Edward S. Bragg was a Union general and a cousin to Braxton Bragg. Walker is the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. Notably, Walker worked for the Union Army but cared for Confederate soldiers.

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