APC accident injures soldiers on Exercise Talisman Sabre 11

An Aus­tralian sol­dier par­tic­i­pat­ing in Exer­cise Tal­is­man Sabre 2011 has been admit­ted to a Bris­bane hos­pi­tal after being seri­ous­ly injured in an Armoured Per­son­nel Car­ri­er (APC) vehi­cle acci­dent.
The acci­dent occurred with­in the Shoal­wa­ter Bay Train­ing Area overnight.
Tal­is­man Sabre 2011 spokesman Brigadier Bob Brown said the APC was car­ry­ing nine Aus­tralian Defence Force per­son­nel when it veered down an embank­ment and land­ed on its tur­ret.
“The Armoured Per­son­nel Car­ri­er, car­ry­ing nine Aus­tralian Defence Force per­son­nel, rolled over after veer­ing down an embank­ment and land­ing on its tur­ret while trav­el­ling cross-coun­try at night,” Brigadier Brown said.
“Emer­gency med­ical assets were noti­fied imme­di­ate­ly and, after ini­tial med­ical care, eight of those injured have been treat­ed and released. One ADF mem­ber has been trans­ferred to Bris­bane Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther spe­cial­ist care.”
All of the sol­diers are expect­ed to make a full recov­ery and their fam­i­lies have been noti­fied. 
A full and thor­ough inves­ti­ga­tion of the acci­dent will take place and fur­ther details may become avail­able once the inves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete.
The exer­cise is con­tin­u­ing as planned.
Vision from a press con­fer­ence on this inci­dent will be avail­able at: http://www.facebook.com/talismansabre
Media con­tact:
EX Tal­is­man Sabre 2011 Media Room 1800 675 601

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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