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Guard from company that provides security at Germany bases killed in crash

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A guard with the company that provides gate security at Army bases in Germany died Wednesday in a car crash on his way home from work, a company spokesman said.

“Out of respect for his family, our company has decided not to release his name at this time,” Chad Geier, chief of staff for Pond Security, said in an email.

The accident occurred about 2 p.m. Wednesday on the L 401 between Mehlingen and Sembach, home to a U.S. Army post that is among the sites where the guard worked.

According to a statement from German police, the guard was making a left turn onto the 401 after leaving the autobahn and apparently did not see a bus driving north on the 401 toward Sembach. The collision left the 53-year-old guard trapped in his car. He died at the scene.

A photograph of the crash in the newspaper Die Rheinpfalz shows the guard’s silver Opel Vectra in a grassy patch on the side of the road with major damage to the driver’s side and roof.

The bus driver suffered minor injuries, German police said. The accident temporarily shut down the road Wednesday afternoon.

The guard had worked for Pond for nearly nine years, Geier wrote, and served as a shift supervisor for much of that time.

“He was acknowledged as being an exceptional leader with a great sense of humor,” Geier wrote. “He was very well liked and respected by those who knew him in the community along with his managers, colleagues, and team who will all greatly miss him.

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