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Army reserve soldier dies amid severe storms in Virginia

By Darryl Coote

July 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army Reserve soldier was killed and two others were injured this week after severe weather toppled a large tree during a training exercise in Virginia, authorities said.

The incident occurred at Fort Pickett Monday, amid violent storms across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic that caused dangerous flooding and power outages in New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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The Virginia National Guard and Fort Pickett said the death is under investigation.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the soldier who was killed and we wish a speedy recovery to the soldiers who were injured," the Guard said on Twitter.

Fort Pickett said on Facebook no Virginia or Kentucky National Guard soldiers were involved in the accident. Officials said a chaplain and behavioral health support is being provided to the unit.

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