Soldier crushed to death as tank rolls over during military training exercise

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A British soldier has died in an incident involving a tank during military training exercise in Wiltshire.

A British Army spokesperson confirmed “with sadness” that a soldier had died during an incident on Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire, and that Wiltshire Police would be leading the investigation going forward.

Local media has reported that a tank "rolled over" during the incident, with one solider suffering significant injuries as a result. They were reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and other specialist paramedics were scrambled to the tragic incident – believed to have taken place on a public byway in Enford, Wiltshire shortly before midday today – after reports of a serious collision on Salisbury Plain Training Area.

The incident happened in the village about ten miles south of Devizes.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it sent two fire engines, from Pewsey and Ludgershall, and a heavy rescue unit from Trowbridge to the scene.

A Hazardous Area Response Team, made up of a group of specialist paramedics trained to deal with the most serious of incidents, and several other south Western Ambulance Service ambulance vehicles were seen responding alongside firefighters.

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Around a dozen police officers from both Military Police and Wiltshire Police were on scene during the incident, and spotlights had been set up in the area on Friday night as forensic investigators continued examining the scene.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police would only confirm that a military exercise was under way at the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

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