RIVERSIDE — An Army soldier was killed and two others were injured Wednesday morning in a demolition training accident during the giant "Gallant Eagle 86" war games being conducted in the Southwest, authorities said.
Details of what was described only as an "explosion" at the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, were unavailable, said Air Force Maj. John E. Meyer, spokesman for the 10-day military exercise under way in Southern California and other western states.
"U.S. military authorities are investigating the accident," he said.
The dead man was identified as Michael Rudess, 19, of Oregon, Ohio. He was an Army ranger assigned to Hunter Army Base in Savannah, Ga.
Another soldier, Pfc. Steven Arnold, 21, of Marietta, Ga., was in serious condition at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, 80 miles southeast of the Dugway site where the accident occurred.