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Driver flees after fiery car crash near Grafenwoehr

A burned-out car is caught under trees it struck near the U.S. Army's training area in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on March 15, 2020. German police are looking for the driver, who fled the scene after crashing the car.

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By MARCUS KLOECKNER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 16, 2020

A driver near the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area fled the scene after the driver’s car struck trees and burst into flames, German police said Monday.

The car veered off the road and into the forest Sunday at about 5:30 a.m. on County Road 22 near Josephstal. The Opel Corsa caught fire after it hit two trees, Eschenbach police chief Walter Schaeffler said.

The driver was gone by the time firefighters arrived shortly afterward, officials said.

“Indications lead to the U.S. Army’s training area,” Schaeffler said.

The car was a rental driven by a soldier, the Nordbayern.de and other German news outlets reported Sunday. German officials declined to confirm the report Monday.

German and U.S. military police searched the area on the ground and by helicopter for the driver, who wasn’t found. German police are investigating the driver for fleeing the scene of an accident.

U.S. military officials were not immediately available for comment Monday.

kloeckner.marcus@stripes.com
 

U.S. military police watch as German firefighters investigate the site of a car crash near the U.S. Army training area at Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 15, 2020.
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