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UPDATED: 6 Fort Benning soldiers still in treatment after wreck that injured 40

Update: As of Tuesday morning, two soldiers were still being treated at Midtown Medical Center, said Jessica Word, Columbus Regional's public relations coordinator.

On Sunday, 10 were transported to the hospital. Seven have been discharged while one patient was sent to Macon, she said.

Original: Approximately 70 soldiers assigned to Basic Combat Training were involved in a one-vehicle accident while returning from church services on Sand Hill today according to a Fort Benning report.

The wreck happened at 12:30 p.m.

While making a turn, the vehicle tipped over, seriously injuring one soldier, who was evacuated with nine others to Midtown Medical Center.

Public Affairs officer Monica Manganaro said initial indications are the injuries are not life threatening.

Approximately 40 soldiers, with minor injuries, were transported to Martin Army Community Hospital for evaluation.

About 20 soldiers were evaluated on the scene and released.

Word said 10 soldiers were transported to the Midtown Medical Center Sunday. A preliminary report indicates the truck the soldiers were riding in was overloaded.

Manganaro said it was an open-air truck and the driver is a member of the unit.

No further information is available at this time.

The accident is under investigation.

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