2 killed in tank explosion identified as Oregon City men

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Investigators searching for cause of deadly explosion inside World War II-era tank.

The vintage war machine, described as a 1944 M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer, exploded at the range operated by the Central Oregon Sports Shooting Association near Bend, Oregon.

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Two men killed during an explosion inside a World War II-era tank at a central Oregon firing range were part of a video shoot for an exhibit, authorities said Wednesday.Deputies from Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office found two injured people at the scene and paramedics pronounced the pair dead after their lifesaving efforts failed.

A crew was filming the military vehicle as it fired when the blast occurred Tuesday that killed Steven Todd Preston, 51, and Austin Tyler Lee, 22, Deschutes County Sheriff L. The gun range, which operates on 600 acres of land leased from the Bureau of Land Management, noted a high level of fire danger on its website Tuesday. “I know that there was an incident, but I can’t comment on anything because I don’t know what happened,” Bill Lewis, COSSA’s director at large, told the Oregonian. The 22-year-old’s Facebook album is filled with photos of Lee in various military uniforms, including sailor and pilot outfits, partaking in battles reenactments with other young men. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, a film crew was capturing video of the tank destroyer firing rounds at the time of the explosion.

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