Two service members killed and 18 injured in one week due to accidents

Staff Sergeant Jacob Hess (left) and 1st Lt. Hugh C. McDowell (right) were both killed during accidents during in a one week span.

The US military seems to have a “vehicle rollover” problem this month, and it’s costing servicemembers their lives.

Two servicemembers in total have been killed and 18 have been injured in two separate vehicle rollover incidents in May.

On Wednesday, member of the 7th Special Forces Group, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade and the Nevada Army National Guard’s 2nd Military Police Company were injured after a HMMWV rolled over at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Staff Sergeant Jacob Hess of the 97th Civil Affairs has been identified as the one individual killed in the incident. He was 34 at the time of his death.

“Jacob was a talented noncommissioned officer and dedicated member of the brigade,” 97th Civil Affairs commander Colonel Charles Burnett, said in a release obtained by Army Times. “He will be greatly missed by those who had the great fortune and opportunity to know him.”

One week earlier, a US Marine, 1st Lt. Hugh C. McDowell, with the 1st Marine Division 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion was killed after a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) rolled over, injuring six of his comrades.

“This is a tragic event and our thoughts are with the family, friends and the unit at this difficult time,” the 1st Marine Division said in a statement.

The rollover took place at Camp Pendleton, California, where another fatal vehicle incident happened only a month prior.

Both incidents are currently under investigation.

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