Marine killed, 18 injured in rollover at California base

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Posted: Sep 10, 2015 11:34 PM

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — One Marine was killed and 18 others injured Thursday in a single-vehicle rollover crash during routine training at Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

First Lt. Colleen McFadden said she had very few details to release, including what type of vehicle rolled over or the extent of the injuries involved.

Several patients from the accident were taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, hospital spokeswoman Bobette Brown said. She would not say exactly how many or give any further details them, citing legal restrictions.

The Marine who was killed was from the 1st Marine Division, and that person's name will not be released until 24 hours after relatives are notified, McFadden said.

"The command's priorities are to take care of the Marines, Sailors and families of the unit," McFadden said in a statement. "We want to ensure the Marines and their family members are being provided for during this difficult time."

Camp Pendleton, a vast seaside base north of San Diego, is the major West Coast outpost for the U.S. Marine Corps.

In November 2013, four Marines were killed there while clearing explosives in a Camp Pendleton training area.