Twelve Swiss soldiers injured in armour pile-up

9th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Twelve Swiss soldiers were injured on Tuesday in a pile-up involving four armoured troop carriers in northern Switzerland, the Swiss army said.

"The four Piranha armoured vehicles were driving behind each other on a road when the accident happened," army spokesman Daniel Reist told the Swiss news agency ATS.

Four of the injured were in a serious condition after being flown to hospital by helicopter but their lives were not in danger, Reist added.

The accident happened at an army training ground at Bure next to the French border.

The eight-wheeled 14 tonne Piranhas can carry up to 13 troops at speeds of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour, according to their makers General Dynamics.

© 2010 AFP

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