Seven Marines Killed In Training Accident

WASHINGTON (March 19 ,2013)—Seven Marines have been killed in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev., Marine Corps officials said Tuesday.

The Corps said in a statement Tuesday that the accident at around 10 p.m. Monday also injured several with the 2nd Marine Division.

Marine Corps officials say the accident happened about 10 p.m. Monday when a 60-mm mortar exploded at the Hawthorne Army Depot.

The Marines were from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The injured were taken to area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation.

A trauma hospital in Reno received nine patients, including one who died.

Three were in serious condition and five were in fair condition Tuesday with injuries that include penetrating trauma and fractures, a spokeswoman said.

The names of those who were killed were not released because families have not been notified.

The Hawthorne Army Depot stores and disposes of ammunition.

The facility is made up of hundreds of buildings spread over more than 230 square miles.

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