A SOLDIER has died after being hit by a tree branch during a military training exercise in Queensland.
The accident happened at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton on Thursday morning.
The soldier was travelling in an M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) when it is believed he was struck by a tree branch around 8:20am, the Australian Defence Force said.
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Paramedics worked to keep the soldier alive but he could not be saved and died at the scene.
“It is with regret that Defence confirms the death of an Australian Army member in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area,” the Defence Force said in a statement.
“The soldier received immediate first aid and the Queensland Ambulance Service attended the scene. The soldier was subsequently pronounced deceased.
“The Army and broader ADF community extends its deepest sympathies to the soldier’s family and friends.”
The ADF said the soldier’s unit was participating in a routine training exercise and no other occupants of the vehicle were injured.
The soldier’s next of kin has been notified and is being supported by the Army.
Queensland Police are investigating the accident and will prepare a report for the Coroner.
PHOTO: U.S. Marines take cover behind an Australian Defence Force M113 medium reconnaissance vehicle at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Talisman Sabre in 2009. Photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Augusto, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)