Soldier hit by truck during training at Camp San Luis Obispo

Camp San Luis Obispo
Camp San Luis Obispo jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A California Army National Guard soldier was airlifted to Fresno for emergency surgery following a training accident Monday afternoon at Camp San Luis Obispo.

Camp San Luis Obispo officials said that at about 4 p.m., a soldier participating in truck driver training on the base was struck by a truck, which then rolled over the soldier’s lower body.

Maj. Mark Johnson described the soldier’s injuries as major but did not have her updated condition as of early Tuesday afternoon.

Army medics treated the soldier, applying tourniquets, until emergency ambulance crews arrived to transport her to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. She was later airlifted to an intensive care unit in Fresno on Monday evening where she underwent surgery.

The California Highway Patrol also arrived to the training area at the base and began an investigation. According to CHP Officer Rich Lee, the agency’s preliminary investigation revealed that the soldier, a 31-year-old from Alta Loma, Calif., was squatting in front of the truck’s right front tire. The driver, a 31-year old Yucca Valley, Calif., resident, could not see the soldier when he inadvertently drove over her, Lee said.

The injured soldier is a member of the 756th Transportation Company, Johnson said, which uses heavy-duty trucks to transport equipment and other materials.

Johnson said the soldier’s family and representatives from the military are with her at the undisclosed Fresno hospital.

Lee said the CHP’s investigation remained ongoing as of Tuesday evening.