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2 Fort Benning soldiers killed in North Georgia mountains

Two soldiers from Fort Benning died after a weather-related incident on Yonah Mountain in northern Georgia, Army officials said.

A US Army spokesman said the two soldiers, whose names have not yet been released, were part of the training program at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Three other soldiers were also injured. All were treated by army medics before being taken to a local hospital.

Details of the incident have not been released.

The cause of the weather-related incident was not disclosed by the army.

At approximately 3:10 p.m., the FOX 5 Storm team was tracking a thunderstorm cell that triggered a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service. This warning storm was located above the mountain. It was capable of producing quarter-sized hail and winds of 60 mph.

Five minutes later, the White County Emergency Management Office reported downed trees on the mountain, but reported no associated injuries.

White County Fire Chief Mike LeFevre told FOX 5 News that firefighters received the call around 3:30 p.m., but did not release further details.

The Army conducts training on Yonah Mountain, including the mountain phase of Ranger School. Soldiers training on the mountain usually report to Camp Merrill, located just northwest of Dahlonega.

Yonah Mountain is located in White County approximately 70 miles northeast of Atlanta and 170 miles northeast of Fort Benning.

This is the second deadly incident involving soldiers stationed in Georgia in the past month. End of July, sergeant. 1st Class Michael D. Clark was killed by a lightning strike at Fort Gordon near Augusta. Nine other people were also injured in the incident.