Inquest after soldier died on Dartmoor

The inquest is due to be held into the death of a soldier who was crushed against a vehicle on Dartmoor during a military convoy near Okehampton battle camp last year.

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Young soldier's death could lead to review of military training

Private Cameron Laing was expecting his first child when he died last year. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A coroner says she'll be writing to the Ministry of Defence to review military training methods after a 20-year-old soldier died on Dartmoor.

Private Cameron Laing was crushed to death when he was pinned between a four-tonne trailer and an army truck.

The inquest into his death has heard that the troops on those trucks had been on duty for 15 hours - two hours longer than the army's daily work limit.

Fatigue may have caused death of young soldier, inquest hears

Private Cameron Laing was expecting his first child when he died last year. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The death of a young soldier on Dartmoor may have been caused by fatigue.

20-year-old Private Cameron Laing died after being crushed between a trailer and truck, after a convoy got lost on its way to Okehampton Camp in April 2014.

Today the inquest into his death heard that the troops on the trucks had been on duty for 15 hours - two hours longer than the army's daily work limit.

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Soldier crushed during training exercise was expecting first child

Private Cameron Laing was crushed to death during a military exercise on Dartmoor. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

An inquest has been hearing how a young soldier, who was about to become a parent, died during a military exercise on Dartmoor when he was hit by a unhitched trailer.

Private Cameron Laing ended up being pinned against the truck that had been towing the trailer, suffering severe injuries to his head and chest.

Those at the scene tried to resuscitate him for more than 45 minutes, but the inquest heard that his injuries were so severe that there was never any hope of success. Private Laing was declared dead at the scene.

The inquest is expected to last for three days.

Inquest due to be held of soldier who died on Dartmoor

Private Cameron Laing was crushed during a military exercise on Dartmoor Credit: ITV News

The inquest will be held today in Exeter of a young soldier who died after being crushed against a vehicle during a military exercise on Dartmoor.

20 year old Private Cameron Laing was struck by a trailer near Okehampton a year ago.

He suffered a head injury and was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Soldier who died on Dartmoor is named

Pte Cameron Laing Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The soldier who sadly died when he was crushed against a vehicle on Dartmoor during a military convoy near Okehampton battle camp has now been named as Private Cameron Laing, from Nottingham.

The 20-year-old was serving with the 7 Theatre Logistic Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps.

His family and partner have paid tribute to him:“Cameron was an amazing son, brother, boyfriend and expectant father. He was a loveable rogue, always playing practical jokes and the fun in any situation.

He couldn’t wait to be a father to his son, baby Cameron. He will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.” A police investigation into the incident continues.

Investigation launched into death of soldier on Dartmoor

An investigation has been launched after the death of a soldier who was crushed against a vehicle on Dartmoor during a military convoy near Okehampton battle camp.

The 20-year-old was serving with the 7 Theatre Logistic Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps.

Devon and Cornwall police say he was struck by a runaway trailer that was carrying military items at Bracken Tor youth hostel near Okehampton late on Tuesday evening.

In what appears to be a tragic accident it looks as though the trailer has come loose and pinned him up against the towing vehicle.

He suffered severe head and chest injuries and died at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.

The man, who came from the East Midlands area, has not been named. His next of kin and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed. An inquiry has also begun by the police and military personnel.

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