Marines Injured In Camp Pendleton Crash

A bridge built by the Marines can be seen in the background

A bridge built by the Marines can be seen in the background

The military says 15 Marines have been taken to Southern California hospitals after a seafaring tank caught fire during training at Camp Pendleton.

Fifteen Marines were being treated for injuries after their amphibious assault vehicle caught fire Wednesday morning during a training operation at Camp Pendleton, according to the Marine Corps.

"All Marines are now being treated for injuries", Gainey said in a statement.

Marines bridge exercise at Lake Elsinore
Marines bridge exercise at Lake Elsinore

"Officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident at this time", 1st Marine Division spokesman 1st Lt. Paul Gainey said in a statement.

An amphibious assault vehicle, or AAV-7, is a 30-ton, armored vehicle created to carry Marines and their equipment from Navy amphibious assault ships onto land and into combat.

The extent of their injuries was not immediately known, but Marine officials said in a statement that they were receiving medical treatment.

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