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Marine Remains Hospitalized One Month After Camp Pendleton Training Accident

A Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicle comes ashore at Red Beach during a spring...

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Above: A Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicle comes ashore at Red Beach during a spring exercise, April 13, 2017.

More than a month after a training accident at Camp Pendleton left 14 Marines and a sailor injured, all but one of the victims have been released from medical care.

The Marines have provided few details about the Sept. 13 fire involving an Amphibious Assault Vehicle. One Marine is still hospitalized. He has been transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. All of the others have been released, including those once listed in critical condition. Press reports indicate the Marines are looking at whether the AAV struck a natural gas line during a training exercise.

“We’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. If we find that there is something we need to remediate immediately than we will get that word out to the formation,” Brig. Gen. Rick Uribe, deputy commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

RELATED: Fire That Injured Troops At Camp Pendleton Still Under Review

Uribe did not release any more information Friday during Dawn Blitz — a massive amphibious landing exercise which continues at Camp Pendleton through Monday. The exercise included vehicles similar to the aging landing craft involved in the September accident.

Dawn Blitz has grown to include troops from several countries, including 100 from Japan.

More than a month after a training accident at Camp Pendleton left 14 Marines and a sailor injured, all but one of the victims have been released from medical care.

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