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'20 injured' in troop carrier crash

Published 17/06/2015

Several military personnel are believed to have suffered
Several military personnel are believed to have suffered "life-changing injuries" in the crash on Salisbury Plain

Up to 20 military personnel have been injured in a crash between three troop carriers on Salisbury Plain, police said.

At least four people have been left with "life changing injuries" while the others are "walking wounded" following the incident, which happened at 6.30pm today in a field near Westdown Camp.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "We received a call from the air ambulance at 6.30pm today who told us they were attending.

"First responders and three military ambulances were also at the location.

"We had reports of four to five people with life changing injuries and approximately 16 others 'walking wounded'.

"The road traffic collision happened on a by-way which cuts through The Plain, hence why we were called.

"It is still regarded as a Wiltshire Police matter as it's on a by-way, although it's off the main road."

An Army spokesman said: "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."

Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which attended the scene, said on Twitter: "Our thoughts are with all those involved in the SalisburyPlain incident and their families this evening. We're thinking of you."

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