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GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — One person died and 11 others, including several children, were hospitalized after a bus carrying soldiers and family members overturned Monday near Hohenfels.

The accident occurred around 2:45 p.m., when the bus carrying 14 passengers overturned near Gate 5 just outside the training center.

“The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Seven of the injured were [airlifted] to local hospitals, and four were transported by ambulance to local hospitals,” the statement from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center read. “Three soldiers were not injured but checked by an emergency response physician.”

The bus was carrying soldiers and family members to new duty stations, according to the statement.

The soldiers and family members had just been picked up from a German airport, said JRMC public affairs officer Gerry Arbios.

“It was on its way to drop soldiers off at Hohenfels,” she said.

There were two large families including children on the bus, Arbios said, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The accident happened after the driver, who may have been sick, veered across the road and up an embankment before the vehicle flipped, she said.

The statement said the driver’s name has been withheld until his next of kin were notified.

Arbios said the driver was a German working for a contractor. The driver’s wife was on the bus and was one of the injured airlifted from the scene, she said.

The Hohenfels community has been informed about the accident, which resulted in closure of Gate 5 and the road leading to it while emergency crews worked, Arbios said. She praised the quick response of German and on-post emergency workers.

The accident is being investigated by the military and local police, the JMRC statement said.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.
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