Alabama National Guard identifies guardsman killed in Thursday morning crash in Atmore

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An Alabama National Guard Humvee carrying two soldiers crashed on Thursday morning, claiming the life of one man, according to a release from the Alabama National Guard.

The vehicle crashed around 10 a.m. on I-65 North north of Atmore, killing one soldier and sending another one to a local hospital where they were evaluated and released, according to the release. 

The soldier that was killed, Staff Sgt. John Wesley Wardrop, 38, of Satsuma, Ala., served as a squad leader with the Alabama National Guard’s 1165th Military Police Company out of Fairhope, according to the release. 

Wardrop was on a mission preparing for his unit’s annual training when the Humvee he was driving crashed.

“I am truly saddened at this loss,” stated Maj. Gen. Sheryl E. Gordon, Alabama National Guard adjutant general in the release. “I’ve lost Soldiers before, and it never gets easier. I am praying for the family and we are reaching out to them to help them in any way we can.”

The guard is conducting an investigation into the accident.

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