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9 Canadian soldiers injured in training accident at CFB Gagetown

Nine Canadian soldiers hurt during training accident in New Brunswick
WATCH ABOVE: Nine Canadian soldiers have been injured in a training accident involving an armoured vehicle at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick. Global’s Jeremy Keefe reports.

Nine Canadian soldiers were injured during a training accident at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick Wednesday morning.

In a phone interview with Global News, Canadian forces spokesperson Stephanie Duchesne said the nine soldiers hit an embankment while travelling in a Light Armoured Vehicle during a routine training exercise.

Duchesne said the incident was not a roll over, but that the vehicle, an updated version of the LAV III, hit an embankment.

Four of the soldiers were taken to Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton for treatment of serious injuries, Duchesne said.

The other five soldiers sustained minor injuries that were treated at the base’s clinic.

In an update shortly after 4 p.m. AT Wednesday, officials said all nine of the soldiers have been released. 

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The LAV III is a workhorse for the Canadian army in Afghanistan.

WATCH: Nine Canadian soldiers have been injured in a collision involving a 25-tonne light armour personnel carrier, known as the LAV 6. As Ross Lord reports. LAV 6 is an upgraded version of the LAV 3, which has been the subject of tragedy before. 
Nine soldiers injured in CFB Gagetown accident involving LAV 6
Nine soldiers injured in CFB Gagetown accident involving LAV 6

All nine of the soldiers were members of The Second Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment.

There will be an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

– With files from Ross Lord.