Fort Jackson entrance


Authorities have identified the two soldiers who were killed in an accident at Fort Jackson in Columbia on Friday.

The soldiers are: Pvt. Ethan Shrader, of Prospect, Tennessee, and Pv.t Timothy Ashcraft, of Cincinnati, Ohio, according to a statement by the Army. 

Shrader and Ashcraft were killed in an accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation, the statement said.

Further details about the nature of the accident or the type of vehicle involved were not provided.

Six other soldiers were injured, the Army said. They are as follows — Pvt. Emmett Foreman, of Daleville, Alabama; Pvt. Hannah New, of Cartersville, Georgia; Pvt. Benjamin Key, of Livingston, Tennessee; Pvt. Alan Kryszak, of Clarksville, Tennessee; Pvt. Cardre Jackson Jr., of Laurel, Maryland and Pvt. James Foster, of Macon, Georgia.

"We are continuing to support everyone affected by this tragic event," said Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, commander of the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson. "I am very appreciative for all the exceptional support from the Columbia medical community."

Johnson asked the community to keep families, injured soldiers and base personnel impacted by the incident in their thoughts and prayers.

Gov. Henry McMaster expressed his condolences on Twitter Saturday.

Fort Jackson is the Army's main basic combat training center, according to information on its website. It conducts half of said training and takes in 60 percent of the women entering the Army every year. It has more than 50,000 recruits assigned there each year.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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