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Female Pennsylvania National Guard member, 20, dies in training accident

A 20-year-old Pennsylvania National Guard member died over the weekend in a training accident, military officials confirmed.

Specialist Mackenzie Shay, also known as Mack, died on Saturday following a collision with two military vehicles at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Three other soldiers involved in the accident were treated for their injuries at Hershey Medical Center and have since been released.

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Mackenzie Shay: PA National Guard member dies in training accident

Mackenzie Shay is one of the many soldiers that have died during training. She graduated from Mohawk High School in 2021 and was a student at Slippery Rock University.

The soldier was mourned by those who knew her.

‘It broke my heart to hear this,’ Mohawk cross country couch Dave Bredl told New Castle News. ‘She was a really smart girl. She was a little feisty and fiery, and always tried to do her best and make her mark.’

Bredl added that Mackenzie Shay had wanted to join the military since her junior year.

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Shay was a member of the 28th Infantry Division’s Company G, 128th Brigade Support Battalion as a 92F Army Petroleum Supply Specialist.

The details of the crash haven’t been released.

Army Mayor General Mark J. Schindler said military officials are focusing on caring for Shay’s family.

‘Our priority right now is taking care of the family and soldiers, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time,’ Schindler said.

All Pennsylvania and US flags were ordered to be be lowered half way until the soldiers date of internment by Gov. Tom Wolf. The date hasn’t been set yet.

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