THE Army have confirmed six soldiers remain in hospital following a yesterday's serious collision near Larkhill.

The collision which took place at 6.10pm involved three large troop carrying trucks taking part in a joint exercise between the Indian and British military.

Two of the soldiers, a sergeant and a Indian officer were seriously injured and taken to Southampton General Hospital. The officer has since had his leg amputated.

More than 20 were injured in the smash with 11 taken to hospital.

The soldiers were participating in Exercise Ajeya Warrior, an exchange training exercise between the British and Indian forces held every two years.

Brigadier Martyn Gamble, Commander 160th Infantry Brigade, said: "The families of those involved have been informed and our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident at this time.

"Wiltshire Police is continuing the investigation into the incident, and the vehicles have been recovered. However again, it would inappropriate to make any further comment about the collision.

"The British and Indian Armies would like to thank the emergency services for their outstanding response and the superb care they have administered to our soldiers.

"The UK and India share a very strong Defence relationship. This exercise, which includes both Regular and Reserve soldiers builds upon this by integrating an Indian infantry company into a British battalion to share expertise and techniques in demanding combat scenarios. The exercise continues."