Two Army Reserve soldiers from the Buffalo area were killed and a third was seriously injured Tuesday when an armored vehicle overturned during training exercises at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Sgt. Herbert V. Revill, 43, of Grand Island and Sgt. Philip Struebel, 40, of Kenmore were killed in the accident, according to Capt. Duane Stefens of the 98th Division, Army Reserve.
Sgt. John Wanat, 49, of Cheektowaga, was listed in serious condition today in the University of Missouri Medical Center at Columbia, Mo., with unspecified injuries.
A fourth soldier, Sgt. Jerry Davis of the 87th Engineer Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, was in stable condition with a broken pelvis in a hospital on the base, Stefens said.
The accident happened about 10 a.m. Tuesday as the four were riding in an M-9 armored combat earth mover.
The vehicle left the road on the Normandy training area of Fort Leonard Wood and overturned, according to a spokesman at the fort.
Stefens said the reservists, assigned to D Company of the 98th Division, based at the Army Reserve Center, 100 N. Forest Road, Amherst, were in their first day of using the equipment as part of their annual summer training.
Stefens said that an Army Accident Safety Board has been convened to investigate the incident and said autopsies will be performed.
"There will be routine, and I stress routine, tests done for drug and alcohol as in any accident of this type," Stefens said.
The two men who were killed, Revill and Struebel, each had 20 years of service in the Army.
The Army had no information about the soldiers immediately available, and the Struebel family could not be reached to comment.
A spokesman for the Revills said they would not have any comment.
Zofia Wanat said her husband is a state counselor at Veterans Hospital. She said he joined the Army after high school and served in Vietnam. He joined the Army Reserve about 10 years ago.
Mrs. Wanat left this morning to be with her husband, whose condition was upgraded Tuesday from critical to serious. The couple has three children.