Contractor dead, 2 hurt in 'live fire' training at Ft. Bragg

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Army officials say a contractor has been killed and two other men have been injured in a live-fire training accident at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Post spokesman Tom McCollum says the accident happened Tuesday afternoon on a weapons range during an exercise involving small arms. He didn't have any other details and says the accident is under investigation.

WRAL-TV reported that the incident happened on Range 77 where soldiers were taking part in small-unit tactics to help prepare units for overseas missions.

McCollum says "something went terribly wrong." Two of those struck were civilian contractors for Echota Technologies, a defense contractor based in Alcoa, Tenn. The injured contractor was flown to a Chapel Hill hospital and was in critical condition.

A soldier in training was grazed in the arm and treated at the post hospital.

A message left at Echota Technologies after business hours was not immediately returned.

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