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NAPLES, Italy — A U.S. sailor stationed in Naples was injured Wednesday and three Italians traveling together in another vehicle were killed after their car apparently clipped the sailor’s and hit a guardrail, U.S. and Italian officials said.

The sailor, whose name was not released, was taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital at the support site base in Gricignano, said Chief Petty Officer Dawn Scott, a Naval Support Activity Naples spokeswoman. The extent of the sailor’s injuries was not released.

Killed were a man, his wife and an older woman said to be related to the couple, Scott said. Their identities were not released. All three died on the scene.

The crash happened at 11:50 a.m. on the SS-7, a four-lane highway leading to the U.S. Navy support site base in Gricignano.

According to a preliminary investigation, the Italians’ vehicle attempted to exit the highway at the Succivo exit from the left lane, cutting in front of, and clipping, the car driven by the sailor, and then hitting the guardrail, Lt. Cmdr. Perry Suter, the base’s head of security, said in a release.

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