Soldier, 23, dies in ‘tank roll’ tragedy on Salisbury Plain

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The soldier was pronounced dead on Salisbury Plain (PA)
The soldier was pronounced dead on Salisbury Plain (PA)

An investigation has been launched after a soldier was crushed to death by a tank during a military training exercise.

The 23-year-old was part of a crew operating an armoured vehicle that rolled over near the village of Enford, Wiltshire on Friday.

The soldier, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene on a public byway.

Wiltshire Police said a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive and the Army has begun.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “We are investigating the circumstances following the death of a 23-year-old soldier at midday on October 15.

“He was part of a crew operating an armoured vehicle and was taking part in a military exercise on Salisbury Plain Training Area near the village of Enford.

“This is now a joint investigation between Wiltshire Police, the Army and the Health and Safety Executive.

“Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends at this difficult time, and we would ask that their privacy is respected.”

The soldier died during a training exercise on Friday (PA) (PA Archive)
The soldier died during a training exercise on Friday (PA) (PA Archive)

Devizes MP Danny Kruger said: “I was very sorry to hear of the death of a soldier on Salisbury Plain yesterday, during training near Enfield.

“My sincere condolences to the soldier’s family and to his comrades, and my thanks to the police and fire service for their prompt attendance at the scene.

“While thankfully rare, it is vital that all serious accidents that take place during military training exercises are comprehensively investigated.

“We owe so much to the young men and women who risk their lives for our safety and we must do everything we can to keep them safe as well.”

An Army spokesman added: “It is with sadness that we can confirm the death of a soldier on Salisbury Plain Training Area.

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

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