Soldier dies during tank training exercise at Salisbury Plain

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A soldier was killed after an incident involving a tank during a military training exercise in Wiltshire, with reports suggesting a vehicle rolled over in the activity.

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and other specialist paramedics were called to the incident on a public street in Anford, Wiltshire, shortly before Friday afternoon.

Following reports of a serious collision at the Salisbury Plain Training Area, emergency services were seen and heard through the generally quiet village, which is approximately ten miles south of Davis.


Local news website Wiltshire Today said on Friday it was understood a soldier, who was pronounced dead at the scene, suffered serious injuries after a tank rolled over in practice.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police did not comment on reports of the confrontation, but acknowledged that a training exercise was underway, noting that “a military operation was underway” on the ground at the time.

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Meanwhile, a Defense Ministry spokesman said they could only confirm that the soldier had died in the incident.

“It is with sadness that we can confirm the death of a soldier at the Salisbury Plain Training Area,” he said.

“Wiltshire Police are investigating and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further.”

The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that it had dispatched two fire engines from Pewsey and Ludgershall and a heavy rescue unit from Trowbridge.

A Hazard Area Response Team, including specialist paramedics, and several other South Western Ambulance Service vehicles were also seen reacting to the incident.

About a dozen police officers are understood to have been at the scene at the height of the reaction and the investigation was underway late Friday, with spotlights and two forensic vans parked near the scene.

Additional reporting by agencies


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