Name released of AL National Guard soldier killed in I-65 Humvee crash

Name released of AL National Guard soldier killed in I-65 Humvee crash
Two Alabama National Guard soldiers were in a Humvee that crashed Thursday morning, killing one.

ATMORE, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama National Guard is identifying a soldier who was killed Thursday morning when the Humvee he was in crashed on Interstate 65 in south Alabama.

Staff Sgt. John Wesley Wardrop, 38, of Satsuma, was a squad leader with the Alabama National Guard's 1165th Military Police Company, out of Fairhope.

"I am truly saddened at this loss," said Maj. Gen. Sheryl E. Gordon, Alabama National Guard adjutant general. "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."

Wardrop was on a mission preparing for his unit's annual training when the Humvee he was driving crashed around 10 a.m. near the 64 mile marker, north of Atmore.

Details on the cause of the crash were not immediately clear as the Guard continues its investigation.

Another soldier, who is not named, was taken to an undisclosed hospital before later being released.

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