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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The 6-year-old daughter of an Air Force master sergeant assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base died Wednesday after she rode her bike into a tractor trailer and got caught under the back wheels, according to information from German police and Spangdahlem base officials.

At about 4:35 p.m. the girl went under the truck after riding her bike from a side street onto a main road in the town of Grosslittgen, about 11 miles from Spangdahlem, near Wittlich, according to German police and base officials.

The girl was badly injured and transported by helicopter to Wittlich hospital, German police and base officials said, where she died at about 6 p.m.

Neither the child nor the driver was identified. German police said the driver was a 30-year-old man from the Bitburg area.

A base spokeswoman said German police were in charge of the investigation, since the accident occurred off base and involved a dependent.

Thomas Steininger, a detective with the 52nd Security Forces Squadron at Spangdahlem, said it’s likely an independent traffic investigation will be ordered by the local prosecutor’s office, common practice when someone dies in an accident and it’s not certain who’s at fault.

An investigation would try to determine “why did this accident occur?” he said. It’s “to rule out that the driver was either traveling too fast or wasn’t paying attention.”

Base officials in a written statement said, “The entire 52nd Fighter Wing Saber family extends their heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.”


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