ROBINS AFB, Ga. – Three men were killed late Friday when their vehicle crashed through a gate at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and collided with a security barrier, base officials said.
The incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. when the vehicle approached the Russell Parkway gate, but failed to stop as ordered by the security forces gate sentry.
As the car accelerated through the gate, security personnel activated the barrier, which the vehicle struck “at a high rate of speed.”
Two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third was transported to Houston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the press release.
“This is a tragedy which we all feel deeply at Robins Air Force Base. We will thoroughly investigate to determine the facts and circumstances and what can be learned from this tragedy,” said Col. Katrina Stephens, vice commander, 78th Air Base Wing. “Our thoughts are with the families of those lost.”
The identities of the victims are being withheld until their families are notified. Official said the decedents were not affiliated with the base.
An investigation is ongoing.