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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A series of missteps led to a deadly Humvee accident last May at Kentucky's Fort Knox, a Navy investigation concludes.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan H. Kaloust of Massapequa, N.Y., was partially ejected and killed during the training exercise, which was conducted under "blacked out" conditions. That means the vehicle's headlights were off and the sailors participating in the exercise were wearing night goggles.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Saturday the incident prompted Naval Special Warfare Command to re-examine its safety requirements for Humvee training missions. The heavily redacted investigative report was obtained Friday by the Norfolk newspaper through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The report said the accident could have been prevented.
The Humvee was among three loaded with Navy SEALs from Virginia Beach during the training exercise along a remote gravel road.
The first two vehicles in the SEAL Team 2 training convoy made a hard left turn, blinding the third driver by the dust the Humvees kicked up. The driver of the third vehicle turned wide and the two right tires went off the gravel and onto the grass.