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UPDATE: 1 soldier dead, 6 injured in Fort Carson training exercise

Vehicle rollover believed to be cause

One Killed, Six Hurt in Fort Carson Training Accident

FORT CARSON, Colo. - UPDATE: Fort Carson has released the name of a soldier killed during an on-post training exercise Friday.

Staff Sgt. Justin L. Holt, 31, assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, was killed in a rollover crash around 9:30 p.m. during an on-post training exercise. Six others were injured.

Two soldiers remain hospitalized at Penrose Main Saint Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs. One soldier is in stable condition and is expected to be released soon. The other was seriously injured but is in stable condition.

Names of the injured soldiers have not been released but, Joyce Huff, a Michigan woman, contacted KRDO NewsChannel 13 to confirm that her grandson, Matt Porritt, 26, was among the soldiers participating in the exercise.

"I don't know if he was hurt or not," Huff said.  "I just want more information.  We haven't heard from the Army yet.  He's married with two girls and has a boy due in March."

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.  A Fort Carson spokesperson said no interviews would be given Saturday.

Holt, originally from Bogata, Texas, entered the Army in April 2004. He deployed to Iraq twice and Kuwait during his 10 years, 10 months in the Army. He was a cavalry scout who arrived at Fort Carson on June 1, 2011.


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