One of two soldiers killed while driving Stryker on highway in New Mexico has been identified

Corporal Cole Wixom (photo credit: Facebook) has been identified as one of the soldiers killed during an accident involving military vehicles (right screenshot from video below).

Two Soldiers were killed and several others injured after two Stryker military vehicles crashed in New Mexico, according to Fort Bliss officials.

Two Stryker armored vehicles were involved in the accident, which resulted in seven injuries, with two personnel reported to be dead.

One of the deceased has been identified as Corporal Cole Wixom of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a married junior noncommissioned officer who had recently returned from Iraq. The Michigan Army National Guard are working to repatriate his body to his home state.

The accident took place on Highway 54 at around 7:30 PM Tuesday night, not far from the Otero County Jail.

According to CBS4Local, an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.

An eight-wheeled light armored fighting vehicle based off the Canadian LAV III, the Stryker is developed by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada for use by the United States Army.



With countless configuration possibilities, the 16-ton Stryker Interim Armored Vehicle (IAV) costs around $4 million per unit and around 4,466 are currently in US Army circulation.

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