UPDATE: Soldier From Washington State Killed In Fort Bragg Training

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Military officials have identified the 82nd Airborne soldier killed during a training exercise at Fort Bragg as a 22-year-old man from Ethal, Wash.

Authorities say Army Pfc. James Groth was a cannon crew member.

A statement from the North Carolina Army post says Friday's blast occurred during artillery live-fire training involving the 18th Fires Brigade. Officials said there was an incident with a M777 light, towed howitzer, but have not released any other details.

Authorities say two other cannon crew members, 25-year-old Sgt. Jason Muzzy of Pecos, N.M., and 30-year-old Spc. Scott Yeates of Sanford, Fla., remain in the hospital. Five other injured soldiers were treated and released.

The Army is investigating what went wrong.
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An 82nd Airborne paratrooper has been killed and two others seriously injured in an accident during a training exercise at Fort Bragg.

A statement from the division said seven paratroopers were treated for minor injuries and released from Womack Army Medical Center. The accident occurred Friday morning.

No further details were available.

The statement said the identities of the paratroopers will be released after next of kin is notified.

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

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