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Shocking images from Salisbury Plain show destruction caused by crash

Credit: Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

These shocking images from Salisbury Plain (from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue) show the extent of the destruction caused by the crash which saw 11 soldiers hospitalised.

Police, fire crews, paramedics, air ambulance teams, emergency response doctors and military personnel worked together to help those injured.

Soldiers suffer "life changing injuries" in Salisbury crash

The scene of the crash on Salisbury Plain. Credit: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

An army officer and a sergeant have suffered "life changing injuries" to their legs after a truck crash on Salisbury Plain yesterday evening.

As front passengers of the rear truck in the three-vehicle pile-up, they were hurt when their four-tonne truck crashed into the back of another. They were airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.

A further 9 soldiers were taken to Salisbury District Hospital, 6 of whom remain there. Those hospitalised include the driver of the third vehicle, another officer, who suffered leg bruising and head injuries. Police believe around 20 soldiers in total were injured.

Officers carried out a detailed examination of the scene overnight. The investigation continues, although police do not believe mechanical failure played a part in the crash, and are now looking at potential human and environmental causes.

The crash happened at around 6.30pm on Wednesday in a field near to Westdown Camp, in Wiltshire. Both British and Indian soldiers are believed to have been involved.


Praise for Salisbury Plain crash emergency responders

South Western Ambulance Service have paid tribute to the emergency crews who were on the scene for last night's crash on Salisbury Plain, in which around 20 soldiers were injured.

Police, fire crews, paramedics, air ambulance teams, emergency response doctors and military personnel had to work together to help the soldiers - several of whom suffered life-changing injuries.

Army says Salisbury Plain crash will be 'duly investigated'

The Ministry of Defence have released a statement confirming that they will investigate a multi-vehicle crash during a training exercise on Salisbury Plain, and confirmed that there were a "number of casualties".

We can confirm that there has been a road traffic collision in the Salisbury Plain training area in which it is understood there are a number of casualties.

The British Army is supporting Wiltshire Police and South West Ambulance Service with their response to the incident which will be duly investigated.

– Army spokesperson

Around 20 soldiers were reported to have been injured in the crash. It is understood both British and Indian military personnel were involved in the incident.

Twenty soldiers injured in multi-vehicle accident

First picture to emerge from the scene of the crash on Salisbury Plain Credit: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Around twenty soldiers have been injured during a military training exercise on Salisbury Plain.

Three military vehicles collided at around six thirty this evening.

Two soldiers suffered life threatening injuries in the crash, while eight more sustained serious injuries.

It is understood both British and Indian military personnel were involved in the incident.

Twenty soldiers injured in crash near Stonehenge

The accident happened at Larkhill near Stonehenge Credit: ITV News

Around 20 soldiers have been injured in a crash involving three army vehicles during a training exercise near Stonehenge.

Police say four of those involved have been left with "life changing injuries". A further sixteen are described as "walking wounded".

The incident happened at around 6.30pm near Larkhill in Wiltshire.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: "We received a call from the air ambulance who told us they were attending. First responders and three military ambulances were also at the location, a field on The Plain near Westdown Camp."


Military activity on Salisbury Plain to increase

Residents have been warned to expect more military activity on Salisbury Plain Credit: ITV West Country

People living around Salisbury Plain may notice an increase in military activity. The army is staging a big exercise to test that its Lead Armoured Task Force is prepared for deployment. Residents have been warned to expect more vehicles such as tanks on roads in the area.

New safeguards after artillery shell goes off course

Army representatives have met with Patney Parish Council following an incident in which an artillery shell fired from Salisbury Plain landed five miles in the wrong direction.

They've issued the following statement

Last week an artillery shell landed outside the range boundary of the Salisbury Plain Training Area. All artillery firing was suspended and a thorough investigation was immediately initiated.

As a result, additional safeguards have been introduced to our existing safety procedures to help ensure this does not happen again.

The Army has apologised to the landowner affected and the local community. We can be clear that the safety of our personnel and the general public is our priority in all training.

– Army spokesperson
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