One Dead, Six Injured after Two Separate Accidents at Fort Leonard Wood

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The Department of Army civilian who was killed in an accident at Fort Leonard Wood on Wednesday has been identified as Louis Stallings of Atoka, Okla.

Stallings, 45, a railroad maintenance vehicle operator for McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, was conducting maintenance to the base’s railroad spur when the incident occurred. Circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. The base reports a safety investigation is also underway by OSHA.

Three other employees of the McAlester plant were also injured in the accident. Two of them were airlifted to a hospital in Springfield, Mo. Both were listed in stable condition on Thursday. The other person injured sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo.

Three Others Severely Shocked in Training Exercise

Also on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports three National Guard soldiers from a Kansas City-based unit were seriously injured during a training accident on base. The soldiers are with the 135th Signal Company and were severely shocked while they were working with a tactical antenna system used for communications in the field.

The soldiers’ injuries were considered to be serious but not life-threatening. All three were hospitalized. Their names have not been released.



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