Estonia: 3 soldiers injured as vehicle catches fire after hitting power line
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TALLINN, May 18, BNS - Two Estonian military personnel were lightly injured and a third more seriously injured when the vehicle they were driving in caught fire after hitting a high voltage power line with its antenna in northeastern Estonia on Wednesday.
"At 4:38 p.m. on May 17 a vehicle of the Estonian defense forces, which had an antenna attached to its roof, was hit by electric current and caught fire while driving beneath a high voltage power line near Aidu village in the territory of the Luganuse rural municipality in East-Viru County. Rescuers handed the persons who had suffered in the accident over to an ambulance, cut through the vehicle's battery cable and put out the fire in nearby ground and bush," spokespeople for the rescue center for East Estonia said.
"Yesterday near Kivioli, three conscripts of the Reconnaissance Company were driving in a Mercedes-Benz 250 GD vehicle which had an antenna attached to its roof. During maneuvering, the vehicle moved underneath a power line, was hit by electric current and caught fire," spokespeople for the defense forces said.
"The conscripts were taken to a health check at the East-Viru general hospital. Two of the conscripts received first aid and were allowed to return to their unit. One young man was left under medical care due to burns. The conscript informed his relatives about the accident himself," the spokespeople said.
Approximately 30 percent of the vehicle received fire damage. Spokespeople for the rescue center for East Estonia said that the case is being investigated by the police but were unsure if the police were handling the matter as part of a criminal or misdemeanor procedure.
The Spring Storm large scale military exercise of the defense forces is currently going on in northeastern Estonia.
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- Published: 18.05.2017 12:28
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