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3 soldiers hurt in Bavaria truck convoy accident

Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe's Alpha Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, conduct a convoy movement during a training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 16. The training was part of the 173rd's mission rehearsal exercise in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Randy Florendo)
April 04, 2019

Three soldiers remained hospitalized under observation Wednesday after being injured in a crash during a truck convoy in Bavaria a day earlier, Army officials said.

The soldiers, whose names were not released, were with the 212th Combat Support Hospital, based at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern. The injuries were not life-threatening, officials confirmed.

The accident happened Tuesday about 2:30 p.m. on the A6 autobahn near Nuremberg, while a five-truck convoy was heading toward Kaiserslautern from Grafenwoehr.

The soldier driving the fourth truck in the convoy pulled over to make an adjustment to his vehicle. But the driver of the last vehicle “underestimated” the braking distance needed to stop safely and slammed into the truck in front, said officer Philipp Mauderer of the Feucht police department. The three injured soldiers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

All the trucks returned to Grafenwoehr, including the last one in the convoy, which had to be towed.

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No other vehicles were involved in the accident, police said.

The accident is under investigation, Army officials said.

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