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Two US soldiers remain in hospital after van crash in Poland

Vehicles from the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kansas, stop at checkpoint Olszyna for an inspection from the Polish Armed Force’s movement control group and military police. The unit was convoying across eastern Europe to prepare for their nine month rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, with multinational training events in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. (Staff Sgt. True Thao/U.S. Army)

Two US soldiers remain hospitalized, but are in stable condition after a Sunday traffic accident in Poland, the military said Tuesday.

Six servicemembers were hurt while driving on a routine mission from Karliki to Trzebien, Poland to pick up equipment. The troops, all assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, were traveling in a nine-passenger van when it swerved off the side of the road and rolled over, said Maj. Selwyn Johnson, command spokesman.

Four soldiers have since been released, Johnson said. The two who remained hospitalized will likely be transferred to the military’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for more treatment, he said.

A seventh soldier involved in the crash was not injured.

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The town of Karliki in central Poland is located near the city of Zagan, which is one of the main hubs for the U.S. Army in the country. The village of Trzebien, a drive of about 160 miles away, is home to a logistics staging base and drone training site used by NATO troops in the country.

The Army said it is assisting local authorities as they investigate the accident.

The 21st TSC, based out of Kaiserslautern, Germany, manages the Army’s logistics efforts in Europe.

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