Eight Fort Drum soldiers taken to hospital with symptoms of poisoning

Fort Drum officials welcomed a delegation of New York state senators Sept. 20 for a daylong tour of the installation. The majority of the visiting party were members of the committee on veterans, homeland security and military affairs, chaired by State Sen. John Brooks, who represents the 8th Senate District, and State Sen. Patty Ritchie, the ranking committee member who represents the 48th Senate District. (Photo by Mike Strasser, Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs)

Jonathon Wheeler

Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.

Oct. 18—FORT DRUM — Eight soldiers were taken to local hospitals on Saturday with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Lt. Col. Josh T. Jacques, chief of public affairs for the 10th Mountain Division.

All of the soldiers were treated and have returned to duty, Lt. Col. Jacques said.

He said that the soldiers were in a training area as part of the annual Mountain Peak exercise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning as headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. People who have been drinking alcohol or sleeping can die of poisoning before having symptoms.

Lt. Col. Jacques said the incident remains under investigation.

“In situations like this, we typically conduct an investigation to determine the facts surrounding the incident,” he said in a prepared statement.


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