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Airman released from hospital after crash

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — An American airman who was said to have suffered severe head trauma when his car collided with a truck Thursday near Ramstein Air Base was released from a German hospital the next day, a base spokesman said.

As of midday Monday, the 39-year-old crash victim — who was not identified — was awaiting a military health assessment to determine whether he could return to duty, Senior Airman Timothy Moore, a spokesman for Ramstein’s 86th Airlift Wing, wrote in an email.

Moore said the base could not disclose the injuries the airman sustained in the crash.

A German police spokeswoman on Thursday said the airman had suffered “life-threatening” injuries, including severe head trauma when his BMW collided with a dump truck heading the opposite direction on the L356 near the air base.

Rescuers cut the roof and driver’s door off the BMW to extract the airman and airlifted him to a trauma center some 50 miles away in Ludwigshafen. The truck driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

U.S. military and German police are conducting a joint investigation into the crash, Moore said.

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