Two soldiers die in north Qld road crash

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Two soldiers have died after becoming trapped in their crashed vehicle in a remote part of north Queensland.

Police were called to the scene of a single vehicle crash on Dotswood Rd at Dotswood, near Charters Towers, about 1:45pm on Monday.

Officers and firefighters found the soldiers unconscious and trapped in the vehicle, and they later died at the scene.

The police forensic crash unit is investigating the accident.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton told federal parliament there were significant personnel and assets around the Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.

"It is a very dangerous task that our troops are involved in, even during training exercises, and the movement of equipment up and down our national highways," Mr Dutton said.

"That's very sad news for our country to learn and our condolences and thoughts are with their friends and family."

Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, said supporting the families and friends of the two soldiers was his highest priority.

"This is a tragic accident and our deepest sympathies go to the families and loved ones of our soldiers," he said in a statement.

Lt Gen Burr said the names of the dead soldiers from the Brisbane-based 7th Combat Brigade would not be released at this time.

He said Defence was working with Queensland Police to investigate the cause of the accident.

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