Two Defence personnel die in vehicle crash near Townsville

Two Australian Defence Force personnel have died after the military vehicle they were travelling in rolled near Townsville.

Queensland emergency services were called to the scene at Dotswood shortly before 1pm today following reports of a heavy vehicle crash.

Tragically both ADF members were unable to be revived at the scene.

Two soldiers have died after their vehicle rolled on a property near Townsville this afternoon. (Pic Glenn Campbell)

In a statement, the Department of Defence told 9News.com.au that it was aware of the incident involving an Army vehicle.

“Defence is working closely with Queensland Police and Emergency Services to manage the situation,” a Defence spokesperson said.

“The welfare of Defence personnel and their next of kin is of utmost importance and our focus is on providing support to them.”

The Forensic Crash Unit from Queensland Police is also investigating the incident.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison passed on his condolences to the two ADF members on Twitter.

“I am devastated at the news two of our brave, serving ADF personnel lost their lives today when their army vehicle rolled over near Townsville,” Mr Morrison wrote.

“Wherever the sacrifice of our brave men and women of our ADF occurs, it is a great price for them to pay, all in equal measure.

“We honour them for their service and sacrifice and grieve with their friends and family and the tight-knit Townsville community.”

The area where the crash occurred is known as Townsville Field Training Area, a 200,0000-hectare parcel of land 60 kilometres south-west of Townsville which is used for general training.

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