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US soldier’s child badly injured in car crash in Germany

U.S. military police at the scene of a traffic accident in Amberg, Germany, where the 8-year-old child of a U.S. soldier was seriously injured Nov. 19, 2020.

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By IMMANUEL JOHNSON AND MARCUS KLOECKNER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 20, 2020

Note: This article has been corrected.

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 8-year-old child of a U.S. soldier was seriously injured in a car crash in Bavaria this week, American and German officials said Friday.

“The child involved in the accident is a dependent of a service member in the 2nd Cavalry Regiment,” unit spokesman, Maj. John Ambelang, told Stars and Stripes.

The crash took place in poor weather conditions Thursday evening in the town of Amberg, about 30 minutes south of Vilseck where the unit is based. The U.S. driver, a 29-year-old woman, is an Army dependent. She was turning from the wrong lane when the German driver crashed into her vehicle, a report by the Amberg police said.

The child, who was seated on the passenger side, was seriously injured, but both drivers sustained only minor injuries.

All three were taken to nearby hospitals, the police statement said.

The spot where the crash occurred, at the Kreisstrasse AS 30 district road heading toward Aschach, is a hotspot for accidents, the police report said. The city is planning to build a traffic circle there, news site Onetz.de reported.

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Correction: A Nov. 20 story on a U.S. soldier’s child being injured in a car crash in Amberg, Germany, should have said that the U.S. driver with the child is an Army dependent.

Airbags are deployed in one of the cars involved in the accident that occurred in Amberg, Germany, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in which the 8-year-old child of a U.S. service member was seriously injured. The child's mother and the German driver involved sustained minor injuries.
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