Texas-Based Soldier Dies In Freak Training Accident

SAN ANTONIO (April 25, 2014) A soldier assigned to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio died and three others were injured in a freak accident during a joint military exercise in Guatemala.

Spc. Hernaldo Beltran, Jr., 24, Beltran was a radio operator assigned to the 56th Signal Battalion.

Officials say Beltran died Tuesday when a large tree branch fell on some soldiers working on an engineering project in Los Limones during the Beyond the Horizons joint military exercise.

Three other soldiers’ injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Lt. Col. Carol McClelland had no immediate details Friday on the injured soldiers, but said they were not from Beltran's unit.