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Germany-based soldier killed in car accident

A 22-year-old soldier stationed in Vilseck, Germany, was killed Saturday, March 18, 2017, in a car accident near the Grafenwoehr Training Area. Two other soldiers were seriously injured and the driver of the car, who tested positive for alcohol, suffered minor injuries.

COURTESY OF THE FREIHUNG FIRE DEPARTMENT

By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 20, 2017

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spc. Tyler Vaughan, a 22-year-old soldier stationed in Vilseck, Germany, was killed Saturday in a car accident near the Grafenwoehr Training Area, the military said.

Vaughan, who served with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment as a fire team leader, was a passenger in a vehicle that veered off the road and rolled into a tree near the Grafenwoehr main gate, German media reported. Two other soldiers, 26 and 27 years old, were seriously injured.

The soldiers were driving in a Subaru behind the vehicle of a military investigator whose lights were flashing when the accident happened, said Auerbach police Sgt. Daniel Hegel.

Hegel said that the military police officer was driving at more than 70 mph when the Subaru passed and then veered in front of his car.

The driver of the car tested positive for alcohol, with a blood alcohol level of 0.096, and suffered minor injuries, Hegel said.

Another American soldier had a fatal accident at this same location less than a year ago.

The Army said the accident was under investigation and had no comment at this time.

Marcus Kloeckner contributed to this report.

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A 22-year-old soldier stationed in Vilseck, Germany, was killed Saturday, March 18, 2017, in a car accident near the Grafenwoehr Training Area. Two other soldiers were seriously injured and the driver of the car, who tested positive for alcohol, suffered minor injuries.
COURTESY OF THE FREIHUNG FIRE DEPARTMENT

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