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Tributes paid to father-to-be soldier, 20, killed after being pinned by trailer in Okehampton

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

Private Cameron Laing

Private Cameron Laing

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Tributes have been paid to a soldier who was killed when he was struck by a military trailer near Okehampton on Tuesday 29 April.

The man has been named as 20-year-old Private Cameron Laing, from Nottingham.

His family and partner have paid tribute to him:

“Cameron was an amazing son, brother, boyfriend and expectant father. He was a loveable rogue, always playing practical jokes and the fun in any situation. He couldn’t wait to be a father to his son, baby Cameron. He will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.”

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Officers received a report of a man suffering cardiac arrest after receiving a traumatic head injury at Bracken Tor youth hostel at around 9.45pm.

The 20-year-old, serving with 7 Theatre Logistic Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, was struck by an uncoupled trailer and pinned against the towing vehicle.

He suffered severe head and chest injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Both the towing vehicle and trailer were military items and were part of a small convoy heading towards Okehampton battle camp.

A police investigation into the incident continues.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 839 of 29 April.

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