Pentagon IDs two soldiers killed in vehicle crash in Kuwait

Pentagon IDs two soldiers killed in vehicle crash in Kuwait
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The Pentagon on Thursday identified the two soldiers killed in a deadly vehicle crash on March 5 in northern Kuwait.

Sgt. Holli Bolinski, 37, of Pinckneyville, Ill., and Spc. Jackson Johnson, 20, of Hillsboro, Mo., were killed Tuesday “as a result of a non-combat related incident” while supporting Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait, according to a Defense Department statement.

Bolinski, Johnson and one other soldier “were traveling in North Kuwait when their vehicle collided with a civilian commercial truck. All three soldiers were flown by U.S. Army medical evacuation helicopter to the U.S. Military Hospital — Kuwait (USMH-K) at Camp Arifjan.”

Bolinski was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital, Johnson later died as a result of his injuries, and the third soldier was injured and is pending medical evacuation from Kuwait, according to the statement.

The incident is under investigation.

All three soldiers were based in Camp Arifjan, a joint installation in Kuwait, and assigned to 657th Transportation Detachment, an Army Reserve unit from Mount Vernon, Ill.

Bolinski was a vehicle escort who took part in frequent equipment runs to and from the base. The incident happened during one such run, her husband, Robert Bolinski, told Military.com.