Marine Killed, 4 Hurt in Tank Fire During Training

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- A 21-year-old Marine has been killed and four others injured in a training accident at the Twentynine Palms base in Southern California.

Cpl. Nicholas James Sell was killed about 11:20 a.m. Monday when the tank he was inside caught fire, according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon by the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton. The accident occurred at the Air Ground Combat Center in the desert about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

According to Camp Pendleton, one of the four injured Marines was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was in stable condition Tuesday. The other three were treated and released from the Naval hospital aboard the combat center.

Their tank unit was training in the Bullion/Lead Mountain area, a spokesman for the combat center said.

The accident is under investigation and no details have been released. The names of the victims also are being withheld pending notification of relatives.

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