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Two soldiers from Belleville-based Army Reserve unit killed in Kuwait

Two soldiers who were a part of an Army Reserve unit from Belleville were killed Tuesday in a vehicle wreck in Kuwait, according to reports.

Capt. Alice Yoo, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Central Command, confirmed to Military.com that two soldiers, who are a part of the 657th Transportation Detachment, died Tuesday morning in a crash in Kuwait.

Military.com reported that Sgt. Holli Bolinski, 37, of Pinckneyville, was one of the soldiers killed. Bolinski participated in near-daily equipment runs to and from the Camp Arifjan, where the unit is assigned.

Bolinski’s husband, Robert, said Sgt. Bolinski was returning from a mission when a large vehicle ran a stop sign and broad sided the vehicle with the soldiers.

Bolinski served in the military for 11 years, four years on active duty and seven years in the reserves.

The name of the other soldier who was killed hasn’t been confirmed by the Army.

The crash is now under investigation by multiple entities, Yoo told Military.com.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referenda.
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