Australia’s chief of army has paid tribute to two soldiers who were killed after their truck crashed on a remote road in north Queensland.
The 40-year-old and 28-year-old from Brisbane-based 7th Brigade died when their truck rolled on Dotswood Road at Dotswood, near Charters Towers, on Monday.
Defence rescue and medical teams attended, however the two were later confirmed dead at the scene.
No one else was injured.
Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr expressed condolences to the soldiers’ families and said support will be extended to them.
“Our highest priority is caring for the families, friends and loved ones of our soldiers and we ask that you respect their privacy during this difficult time,” he said.
“It is with this in mind that we will not be releasing the names of our soldiers at this time.”
Defence Minister Peter Dutton told federal parliament on Monday there were significant personnel and assets around the Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.
“It is a very dangerous task that our troops are involved in, even during training exercises, and the movement of equipment up and down our national highways,” Mr Dutton said.
“That’s very sad news for our country to learn and our condolences and thoughts are with their friends and family.”
Defence is working with Queensland Police to investigate the cause of the accident.