Shell shocked! Armored vehicle lands on the roof after an accident on Salisbury Plain

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Oops! Tank commander has something to explain after an armored vehicle crashes onto the roof in an accident on Salisbury Plain

  • Asked questions after military tank turned over on fake battlefield in Salisbury
  • Tank commander and driver had to explain how the tank ended up upside down
  • Despite fears that there was blood on the scene, the fire department confirmed that this was not the case
  • Crews who attended said no one was injured and they did not need to help

Army summit demanded answers to the question of why a military tank toppled on the fake battlefield of Salisbury Plain this week.

The tank commander and his driver had to explain how the armored vehicle ended upside down with the turret on the ground on Thursday.

Firefighters ran to the scene, fearing that the crew was trapped, and a photo appeared to show blood on white blankets that those inside scrambled from under the tank.

But reports allege that no one was seriously injured, and the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed it was not blood.

Fuel that leaked from the tank when it fell upside down and it is not clear if the tank will be written off.

A military tank commander and his driver have been asked to explain how the armored vehicle they were in ended upside down on Thursday with the turret on the ground (photo)

A military tank commander and his driver have been asked to explain how the armored vehicle they were in ended up upside down on Thursday with the turret on the ground (photo)

Pictures of the scene appeared to show blood on some of the white sheets (pictured), but firefighters later confirmed it was not blood

Pictures of the scene appeared to show blood on some of the white sheets (pictured), but firefighters later confirmed it was not blood

Pictures of the scene appeared to show blood on some white sheets (pictured), but firefighters later confirmed it was not blood

The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “A crew from Amesbury was called to Bulford camp to see if we could assist in spilling fuel from a military vehicle.

“We didn’t have to take any action after the inspection.”

The military controls thousands of acres of Salisbury Plain and regularly conducts mock battles in the area.

In April 2014, two soldiers were crushed to death when their tank toppled over on the plains during an exercise.

The Challenger 2 tank fell from a 6ft high (1.8m) bank and hit the roof onto a gravel path.

The soldiers both had their heads out of the dome and were crushed under the 62-ton vehicle.

Firefighters rushed to the scene on Thursday over fears that people could be trapped or injured in the tank, but it was later confirmed that there were no injuries.

Firefighters rushed to the scene on Thursday over fears that people could be trapped or injured in the tank, but it was later confirmed that there were no injuries.

Firefighters rushed to the scene on Thursday over fears that people could be trapped or injured in the tank, but it was later confirmed that there were no injuries.

Fuel that leaked from the tank when it fell upside down and it is not clear if the tank will be written off (photo)

Fuel that leaked from the tank when it fell upside down and it is not clear if the tank will be written off (photo)

Fuel that leaked from the tank when it fell upside down and it is not clear if the tank will be written off (photo)

Two other soldiers were treated for minor injuries and later returned to their units.

All four soldiers were from A Squadron, 1st Royal Tank Regiment, stationed in Warminster.

A Defense Department spokesman at the time said the soldiers were preparing for training in Canada.

“The two soldiers did not go to Canada themselves, but acted as supervisors during an exercise to prepare other troops for the journey.”

In July 2001, two soldiers died and two were injured on the Salisbury Plain when a Challenger 2 main battle tank toppled in a steep excavation near the village of Imber.

And in 1997, a soldier was crushed to death while repairing a Chieftain main battle tank gun during exercises on Salisbury Plain.

The Challenger 2 tank was introduced to the British Army in 1998 as a replacement for the less advanced Challenger 1 and saw action in Bosnia and Kosovo.

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