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SEOUL — Three 718th Ordinance Company soldiers traveling to Seoul provided first aid to a South Korean man whose van overturned on Highway 1 last week.

The man’s leg was broken in at least two places, according to Sgt. 1st Class Robert Wells, 31, of Watertown, N.Y.

“He was standing,” Wells said this week during a telephone interview. “I don’t know how he was standing, because [the leg] was shattered.”

Wells, an emergency medical technician, and two other soldiers offered first aid while another passer-by called South Korean authorities for help, Wells said.

“It seems like they’re really making a big deal about it,” Wells said Tuesday about the response from military officials. “We just stopped to give assistance. We just helped out. That’s what we were there for.”

Wells, who’s been in South Korea for more than a year, said he was able to use some Korean and with the victim’s limited English, they could communicate. The man, whose name Wells didn’t learn, appeared to be coming from work and was worried he had lost his wallet and passport during the one-car accident.

Spc. Jesse Norman and Pvt. Adam Gomez tried to find them, Wells said.

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. Thursday as the soldiers were driving north to Seoul from Camp Tango.

After helping the victim, the soldiers waited for the South Korean authorities to arrive, then went on their way.

“I’m not sure how he’s doing,” Wells said of the victim. “I hadn’t heard back from him yet.”

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