OTERO COUNTY, N.M. (KFOX14) — Officials with Fort Bliss said two soldiers were killed when two military vehicles collided on U.S. Route 54 in Otero County, New Mexico, during a training exercise Tuesday.
Seven other military personnel were injured in the crash.
The crash was reported on U.S. Route 54 at McGregor Range Road around 7:30 p.m.
Military police said two Stryker vehicles collided with each other.
Fort Bliss officials identified the two soldiers who died as 24-year-old Cpl. Cole Wixom and 21-year-old Pfc. Jamie Riley.
Wixom was of Bloomingdale, Michigan, and served as an infantryman. He joined the U.S. Army in 2016 and arrived at Fort Bliss in December 2016. He deployed to Afghanistan from January through September 2017.
Our sister station WWMT in Kalamazoo, Michigan, talked to Wixom's parents, who said Wixom was a corporal in the Army who had recently returned from a tour in Iraq. Wixom lived on Fort Bliss base with his wife. Wixom had just re-enlisted in the Army.
Riley was from Fair Haven, New Jersey, and served as a cavalry scout. He joined the U.S. Army in January 2018 and arrived at Fort Bliss in June.
The Michigan National Guard is working on transporting Wixom’s body to Michigan.
Fort Bliss officials said the crash is under investigation.