Soldier's Spine Crushed in Training Accident but Doctors Hopeful

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Kenosha, Wis. (AP) Doctors are hopeful that a Fort Carson soldier can fully recover from a training accident last week that left him with a crushed spinal cord.

Nineteen-year-old Private Cody Becker of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was hurt when the armored vehicle he was riding in tumbled down a hill at the army post. Three other soldiers were also injured.

Becker is listed in serious condition tonight at a Denver Hospital following the first of at least two surgeries to stabilize his spine.

Surgeons say the spinal cord was swollen but not cut, so there's a chance he can recover. He's paralyzed from the chest down but has full use of his arms.

He told the Kenosha news by phone he's confident he'll walk again.

Army spokeswoman Dee McNutt says the accident is under investigation.

Becker and his wife have a 3-year-old daughter.