Two soldiers dead after north Queensland army vehicle crash

Two soldiers have died in a road accident west of Townsville on Monday afternoon.

Ambulance crews were called to a single vehicle accident on Dotswood Road near Mingela, west of Townsville about 12.50pm.

Dotswood Military Barracks is on this road.

The crash reportedly involved members of the Brisbane-based 7th brigade.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton said while he had not received confirmation, two soldiers were reported to have died in a vehicle rollover.

“I’m waiting for further details on that,” Mr Dutton told Parliament.

“But of course we’ve significant personnel and assets around Lavarack Barracks.

“There are movements on the day, on the road every day, and it is a very dangerous task that our troops are involved in, even during training exercise and the movement of equipment up and down our national highways.

“That’s very sad news for our country to learn and our condolences and thoughts are with their friends and family.”

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