Victim of Blast in Vintage Tank Appeared in TV Shows, Ads

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Oregon Tank Explosion: Two Men Killed Trying To Fire Round From WW2-Era Tank.

Tuesday, the two men – identified as 51-year-old Steve Preston and 22-year-old Austin Lee – were inside the tank at Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association, a private shooting range about 25 miles from Bend, Oregon.

Shane Nelson in a press release Wednesday. “Two families lost loved ones, and our hearts and prayers go out to them.” Police identified the victims as Steven Todd Preston, 51, and Austin Tyler Lee, 22. A little after 3 p.m., the Oregon State Police, the Sheriff’s deputies and the Bend Fire Department crew arrived at the scene of the fatal tank blast. Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson told KTVZ (Bend) that one of the men died instantly in the tank explosion, while the other one stayed alive long enough to talk to police. The film crew was reportedly filming the World War II-era vehicle as “part of a display of the tank destroyer at a future exhibit.” Dennis Ripp, who is president of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon, said he has known Peterson for at least 15 years and described the father of two as an avid and enthusiastic collector of military equipment. While the identities of the victims haven’t been released due to ongoing investigation, authorities on the scene stated that the second man was still alive.

Investigators hope to use the crew’s video to determine the cause of the explosion. “There was a camera crew on scene, and they were filming the tank. The Hellcat was the fastest tracked vehicle of any kind during World War II, with a top speed of about 55 mph.” “It is with great sadness that the MVPA reports the passing of MVPA Board Director and Convention Chairman Steve Preston. Steve was fatally injured in an accident Tuesday, October 27 while participating in an historic military vehicle demonstration, an event that was among his favorite activities.” According to this 2008 Automobile Magazine report, civilians buying antique tanks and other vintage military equipment is perfectly legal – as long as it’s been disarmed. Steve Preston, however, petitioned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to be legally allowed to re-arm the tank, as he told The Discovery Channel in 2011. “I’ve owned [the tank] for about 12 years, but it was just recently that I made the gun live on it, so I actually have an operating cannon on it. [My friend Chuck] is an explosives expert friend of mine, so he’s going to help me load it up.”

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