7 US soldiers hurt in tactical vehicle crash on autobahn in Bavaria
Stars and Stripes April 17, 2023
This story was updated April 19, 2023, 3:46 p.m. Central European Time.
AMBERG, Germany — One U.S. soldier was airlifted to a hospital and six others were injured Monday following a crash involving two tactical vehicles near Amberg, Army officials said.
The collision occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on the eastbound A6 highway between the Sulzbach-Rosenberg and Amberg-West junctions in Bavaria.
“As of now, there are no life-threatening injuries to any of the individuals,” said Army Brig. Gen. Maurice Barnett, the head of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
Six soldiers were taken by ambulance to hospitals, said Kate Necaise, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach. Four others were taken to the Grafenwoehr Army Health Clinic for evaluation.
Several of the injured soldiers were later released from the hospital while others remained under observation, Necaise said Wednesday.
A convoy of seven armored vehicles was going from Shipton Kaserne, near Ansbach, to Grafenwoehr Training Area when a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle collided with a Stryker, Army officials in Ansbach said. The MRAP was missing a wheel following the crash, and the Stryker also showed significant damage.
A civilian semitruck also was involved in the accident, an Army statement said.
German police cited "traffic-related braking" as the probable reason for the rear-end collision. The crash remains under investigation.
Both military vehicles involved in the crash belong to the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, a subordinate unit of U.S. Army Europe and Africa's 10th AAMDC, which is headquartered in Sembach.
There were no munitions on board the vehicles involved in the crash, Necaise said. Uninjured troops in the convoy secured the duty weapons at the scene, she added.
The collision closed parts of the busy national autobahn for several hours Monday afternoon.
In February, an American soldier was injured on a different stretch of the A6 when two U.S. military trucks carrying weapons collided.
Stars and Stripes reporter Michael Slavin contributed to this report.