Fort Bragg soldier killed in wreck was from NC; 2 injured troops still in hospital

FORT BRAGG, NC (WNCN) — Fort Bragg officials Friday identified the paratrooper who was killed died Thursday in an accident involving a military vehicle three other soldiers were also injured.

Spc. Luis Herrera, 23, of Marion, McDowell County, died in the single-vehicle accident that occurred during “routine training” at Fort Bragg, according to a news release Friday afternoon.

Herrera and the other three soldiers were in a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) at the time of the wreck, officials said Friday.

Herrera was assigned to Raider Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, the press release said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Paratroopers of 2nd Battalion ‘Geronimo’, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment at Spc. Herrera’s wife and loved ones as we mourn the loss of Luis,” Capt. Daigoroh Abreu, his company commander, said in the release.

The 2-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment will host a memorial for Herrera in the coming weeks.

Herrera leaves behind his wife, parents, family and friends.

Of the three other soldiers injured in the wreck, one was treated and released. The other two were taken to Womack Army Medical Center, where they are still being treated.

“Spc. Herrera was an exceptional paratrooper and a devoted friend to all who knew him. Luis was a soldier’s soldier who always led by example and never missed an opportunity to make a positive impact on those around him,” said Col. Theodore Kleisner, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at the press release.

The deadly wreck on Thursday is almost coming Eight months after an accident involving a military vehicle, a Fort Bragg soldier was also killed and four others injured. Fort Bragg soldier killed in wreck was from NC; 2 injured troops still in hospital


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