15 Marines injured in fiery training accident at Camp Pendleton

SAN DIEGO – Fifteen Marines were injured in a training accident involving an amphibious assault vehicle that caught fire at Camp Pendleton Wednesday morning.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m., when Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion were conducting a combat readiness evaluation as part of scheduled battalion training.  The marines were training in the inland San Mateo training area located on the northern side of Camp Pendleton.

Eight Marines, three in critical condition and five in serious condition, were taken to the Burn Center at University of California, San Diego Health. Four Marines, three in critical condition and one in serious condition, were taken to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. One Marine in stable condition was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Two Marines are being treated for minor injuries at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as they receive medical care," spokesman 1st Lt. Paul Gainey said in a statement.

In August,  20-year-old Lance Cpl. Cody J. Haley of Hardin, Iowa was killed when a tree fell on him during routine physical training at Camp Pendleton.