CBS news is reporting that a 55 year old man was killed in an accident involving a privately owned WWII era AFV in Fairfield California. The accident occurred during a family reunion party on land owned by Herman Rowland, CEO of Jelly Belly. As part of the festivities, attendees were taking rides on Rowland’s collection of historic AFVs. California Highway Patrol says two men were riding in a 1944 M5 tank when the vehicle started going downhill. One of the men sitting on the front edge of the tank then fell off and was run over. The name of the victim has not yet been released.
Rowland is a collector of historic AFVs and military vehicles, having purchased an Abbot 105mm self propelled gun formerly part of the Littlefield collection last October. His collection also includes an M5 Halftrack, an M-561 Gama Goat, M113 APC, FV-603 Saracen APC and several wheeled vehicles. The vehicle involved in the accident was reported as an M5 tank. Images of the vehicle in question show a M5 High-Speed Tractor.