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Army Scimitar overturns on A1 in West Yorkshire

Scimitar reconnaissance vehicle on A1
Image caption The Scimitar was recovered by another army vehicle after the incident on the A1

An armoured Army vehicle has overturned after veering off the A1 in West Yorkshire.

The Scimitar reconnaissance vehicle left the southbound carriageway near Boston Spa after suffering a technical problem just before midday on Sunday.

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman said the vehicle landed on its roof but the three-man crew were removed safely.

The Scimitar was from the Queen's Own Yeomanry (Territorial Army) unit based in Newcastle and was heading to York.

It was part of a five-vehicle convoy which included a recovery truck on to which the damaged Scimitar was loaded before the convoy continued its journey to York.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

An MoD investigation into the accident is under way but it is believed to have been caused by a faulty wheel track.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "It suffered a technical problem and came off the carriageway on to the grass verge.

"As it hit soft ground it turned over, coming to rest on its roof."

The inside lane of the southbound carriageway was closed for two hours to allow the vehicle to be recovered.

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