Family of Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt, who during training, to meet with the media

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PETAWAWA, Ont. - The family of a high-ranking Canadian military officer who died in a training accident on Wednesday will meet the media today to discuss his life.

Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt died and four soldiers were injured when the light armoured vehicle they were in rolled over at CFB Wainwright in Alberta.

Bobbitt was commanding officer of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Petawawa, Ont., where today’s news conference will be held.

Two of the injured soldiers were taken to hospital in Edmonton in fair condition, while the other two were treated at the base and released.

In Petawawa, Ont., where Bobbitt’s regiment is based, Maj. Jennifer Causey said the news of his death was devastating the troops.

She said Bobbitt was the leader they all aspired to be.

The accident has raised fresh concerns about the LAV III, which served as an eight-wheeled, armour-plated military workhorse for soldiers in Afghanistan.

The accident comes with the fleet in the midst of a $1-billion upgrade launched in 2011 to improve the vehicle’s stability, armour and electronics.

Military officials have not released any specific details about the accident, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Geographic location: PETAWAWA, Alberta, Edmonton Afghanistan

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