One Canadian soldier dead, four injured, during training exercise

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Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt salutes before taking command of his unit, 2nd...

SEAN CHASE/DAILY OBSERVER Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt salutes before taking command of his unit, 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, during change of command ceremonies last June at Garrison Petawawa. Lt.-Col. Bobbitt was killed in a vehicle accident Wednesday in Wainwright, Alberta.

Trevor Robb, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:23 AM ET

A Canadian Armed Forces member was killed Wednesday during a training exercise at CFB Wainwright.

Department of National Defence officials confirm Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt died when a LAV III armoured vehicle he was in rolled over during an international training exercise at CFB Wainwright, involving 5,000 troops. The incident occurred at around 11 a.m..

Bobbitt was the commanding officer of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA), and was based in Garrison Petawawa, Ontario.

Considered one of the rising stars in the Canadian Forces, Bobbitt joined the military in 1988 and deployed both to Bosnia and Afghanistan.

"I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Lieutenant-Colonel Bobbitt," said Canada Minister of National Defence, Rob Nicholson, in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones as they deal with this tragic loss, and with the families of the four soldiers who were seriously injured.


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