Greater Cincinnati soldier killed in accident at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Greater Cincinnati soldier killed in accident at Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Posted at 12:18 PM, Oct 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-08 07:03:27-04

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- A soldier from Greater Cincinnati died after a military vehicle struck him while he was in formation at an Army base Friday afternoon.

Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft was a 2017 graduate of Amelia High School, according to the West Clermont Local School District. Amelia merged with Glen Este High School to create the new West Clermont High School this year. Grief counselors will be on hand Monday.

"We are thankful for his dedication and service to our country," the district said in a statement. "His impact ... will not soon be forgotten."

Pvt. Ethan Shrader, of Tennessee, also died in what military officials called a "tragic accident." Six more soldiers were hurt.

A statement from Fort Jackson did not give details about where the wreck happened or the type of vehicle involved.

Two of the injured soldiers were in critical condition, and all of the soldiers hurt were taken to a hospital off the base near Columbia.

The Army says it has started a thorough investigation.

"We are continuing to support everyone affected by this tragic event," said U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commander Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson. "I am very appreciated for all the exceptional support from the Columbia medical community. We also appreciate the outpouring of support. Please keep the family members, injured soldiers and our fellow teammates affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers."

Fort Jackson is the Army's largest training instillation, with more than 50,000 recruits assigned there each year.