One soldier was killed and three others wounded at a Pennsylvania military training area over the weekend in a crash of two military vehicles, officials said. The crash occurred Saturday at Fort Indiantown Gap, about 25 miles northeast of Harrisburg, where the Pennsylvania National Guard is headquartered, Guard officials said in a news release.
Killed in the accident Spc. Officials said 20-year-old Mackenzie L. of New Castle. Shay said. Shay was a 92F, Army Petroleum Supply Specialist, assigned to Company G, 128th Brigade Support Battalion of the 28th Infantry Division.
Three other service members were treated at Hershey Medical Center and released, officials said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of expert Mackenzie Shay after this tragic accident,” said Army Major General Mark Schindler. “Our priority right now is to look after the family and soldiers, making sure they have all the resources they need during this critical time.”
Officials did not release details about the accident, saying only that it was being investigated. CBS affiliate WHP-TV quoted fort officials as saying that the accident occurred during a routine supply mission between ranges in the fort’s more remote training area.
Gov. Tom Wolf orders all US and state flags to be flown at half-staff, including the State Capitol, in honor of Shay, CBS Pittsburgh,
“It broke my heart to hear this,” Shay’s former high school cross country and track coach David Breedl told New Castle News. “She was a really smart girl. She was a bit spirited and fierce, and always tried to do her best and make a mark.