US Army Post: Lightning Strike Kills 1 Soldier & Injures 9

One soldier was killed and nine others were hurt by lightning during a training exercise on Wednesday at a US Army post in Georgia, according to base officials.

The accident happened at 11 a.m. in a Ford Gordon training area just outside Augusta, Georgia, about 140 miles (225 km) east of Atlanta, the state capital.

Fort Gordon is home to the United States Army Signal Corps as well as the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence, which is a training academy for electronic warfare and cyber security.

According to Anne Bowman, a base spokesperson, the deceased soldier and the nine others injured were all engaged in field training at the time of the lightning strike, which coincided with strong thunderstorms sweeping the region at the time.

According to Bowman, it was not immediately clear the extent or nature of the wounds.

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