Soldier, 26, killed after crashing into tank during UK field training exercise – The Mirror

Soldier, 26, killed after crashing into tank during UK field training exercise – The Mirror

A 26-year-old soldier has been killed after crashing into a tank during a routine training exercise.

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision with a Warrior armoured fighting vehicle around Salisbury Plain, near Tidworth, at 10.45am yesterday.

The man sustained significant head injuries and sadly died at the scene, said WIltshire Police.

Salisbury Plain is a large military training area for the British Army.

Police say the soldier had been taking part in routine training alongside other forces in 5th Battalion The Rifles.

A spokesperson for the force added: “Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.






Soldiers seen on the Salisbury Plain training area in October 2019 (file photo)
Soldiers seen on the Salisbury Plain training area in October 2019 (file photo)
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“His family are being supported by a specialist family liaison officer.”

An investigation into the collision is being led by police alongside the Army and Health and Safety Executive.

This follows a soldier passing away after another incident involving a tank in Wiltshire last year.

Wiltshire Today previously reported a tank rolled over in the October 2021 incident, leaving a soldier with significant injuries. He was then pronounced dead at the scene.

Around a dozen officers from Wiltshire Police and the Military of Defence Police had been in attendance.

Anyone with information concerning the latest incident is urged to call the Serious Collision Investigation team on 101 quoting reference number 54220064345.

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