VERNON PARISH — Fort Pollk says that one person is dead and others have been injured following a helicopter crash at the base's training area.
Officials say that early Thursday morning, an Army helicopter accident occurred in the JRTC and Fort Polk training area. Emergency services immediately responded to the 1-5 Aviation Battalion (Fort Polk based unit) accident scene.
Four crew members were on board the helicopter, according to Fort Polk. One crew member has been confirmed dead and three others were injured. Names of those involved have not been released.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement on the fatal crash. Read more below:
"Our hearts are heavy after learning of this morning’s tragic crash and the loss of one soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country and our state. We can never fully repay these the soldiers for their brave service," Gov. Edwards said. "The men and women of Fort Polk play a critical role in the readiness of our armed forces, and we are praying for their entire community. Donna and I ask the people of Louisiana to please join their prayers to ours for the deceased soldier, those injured and their families during this difficult time."