Soldier dies during training exercise on Salisbury Plain

Ministry of Defence confirms death after tank reportedly rolls over at the military facility in Wiltshire

A soldier has died during an army training exercise at a military facility in Wiltshire, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Wiltshire Today reported the soldier sustained significant injuries after a tank rolled over during a military exercise. The Guardian has not been able to independently verify these claims.

“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,” an army spokesperson said.

Dorset and Wiltshire fire and rescue service said it arrived at the scene at 11.57am on Friday with two fire engines and a heavy rescue unit, in response to a road traffic collision.

Wiltshire police and the MoD also attended the scene, along with a hazardous area response team, comprised of specialist paramedics trained to deal with serious accidents, according to Wiltshire Today.

There have been 150 deaths of UK armed forces members in military exercises from January 2000 to August 2021, according to MoD statistics.

Fewer than 6% of all deaths among UK armed forces personnel occur during training. The data includes disease-related deaths, deaths caused by injuries, or where the cause was not yet known.

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