Greensboro, NC -- The Crabtree family talked to News 2 about Private First Class Keith Crabtree's accident in Fort Bliss, TX during a routine training exercise.
Keith Crabtree is 19-years-old. He grew up in Greensboro and attended Grimsley High School. He moved to Kentucky to live with him mom and finished high school there.
He completed basic training in Georgia in April. He was supposed to be deployed to Jordan in October but that all changed on July 10th at Fort Bliss in Texas.
Keith was wounded during a simulation exercise, where he and five other men were practicing raiding a village. The soldiers laid on the ground as three explosives went off.
The first flew over the heads and landed just as expected. The second did too. The third one landed 3 feet from Keith.
He lost three fingers and suffered injuries to his stomach, urethra tube, and bladder. Two feet of his intestines were removed. Shrapnel is lodged in his hip.
Since the accident, Keith's had four surgeries and physical therapy. He's in Kentucky now where he'll continue rehab.
The Army offered the Crabtree family some explanation for what went wrong. The Crabtrees said the explosive didn't have enough ammunition and that's why it landed so close to Keith. It was intended to fly well over his head.
Despite the accident, Keith wants to stay in the army one way or another. He's also hoping to get back to his guitar one day, one of his favorite hobbies.
WFMY News 2