German soldier and civilian are crushed to death by a TANK during exercise
German soldier and civilian are crushed to death by a TANK after it rolled onto their vehicle during an exercise
- Soldier and civilian die after two vehicles collided during an exercise
- The incident took place on Tuesday in the Bergen-Hohne training area in Lower Saxony
- A main battle tank rolled on top of a smaller vehicle and crushed casualties, reports say:
- Germany’s Defense Ministry said staff were ‘deeply saddened’ over an accident
A German soldier and a civilian were crushed by a tank after it rolled onto their vehicle during an exercise.
A main battle tank and a smaller military vehicle collided at around 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday during a military exercise in the Bergen-Hohne exercise area in the German state of Lower Saxony.
The tank rolled on top of the all-terrain vehicle and crushed the two victims, one of whom was driving the vehicle at the time, according to local news reports.
A tank and a smaller military vehicle collided at around 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday during a military exercise in the Bergen-Hohne exercise area (pictured during a military exercise in 2010)
The two victims – a soldier and a civilian employee – were reportedly killed on the spot.
It It is still unclear how the accident could have happened, as the exact circumstances of the collision have not been released.
Germany’s defense ministry said staff were “deeply saddened” by the deadly incident.
The Department of Defense tweeted: “We are deeply saddened. This afternoon, two people died in a fatal accident at the training ground in Bergen.’
The tank rolled on top of the SUV and crushed the two victims, according to local media reports. Pictured: Austrian tanks pictured during training exercise in Bergen in 2018
General Alfons Mais, the inspector of the German army, added: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the relatives and the troops on the ground.”
Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also expressed her condolences to the relatives of the victims.
She said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of two members of the Bundeswehr in a tragic accident.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the dead.”
The incident took place as Kramp-Karrenbauer handed over ministerial responsibilities to her successor Christine Lambrecht.
Due to the tragic accident, an event with Secretary of State Thomas Silberhorn had to be canceled in the short term, according to news site Tag 24.
It is unclear whether the military will continue its investigation into the fatal accident.