Hoosier Marine injured in Nevada explosion

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The Indiana man who was severely injured during an explosion at a military base in Nevada has undergone several surgeries and the prognosis is very good, a family member said Wednesday.

Marine Warrant Officer Ryan West, a native of Lafayette was one of seven Marines injured during a live-fire training exercise when a mortar exploded as the group was preparing to fire it. Eight others were killed.

West suffered multiple injuries, including a broken leg and shrapnel wounds.

His aunt, Marcia Young, said she is thankful he is alive.

“It’s going to be a long recovery. He’ll probably have to go through therapy a lot, you know it’s good at least he’s here with us and whatever he has to go through the family will help him,” said Young.

West is grieving the loss of his fellow comrades who were injured and died, but Young said he is trying to stay positive and the family appreciates all the prayers and well wishes from the community.

“We appreciate all the prayers and well wishes and everybody being concerned. It’s been a big help,” said Young.

West’s mother, father and his wife have traveled to Nevada to be with him. There is no word on when he’ll be released from the hospital.

West is a graduate from Lafayette-Jeff High School and lives in West Lafayette with his wife and son. He is stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The Marines immediately issued an indefinite moratorium on firing all of such mortars worldwide.