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A Ford Mustang lies on its roof off the B14 roadway between Katterbach and Ansbach in Bavaria after skidding off the road and flipping over on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A U.S. soldier traveling in the front passenger seat sustained serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to hospital. The driver, also a soldier, was treated for shock and minor injuries, a police detective said.

A Ford Mustang lies on its roof off the B14 roadway between Katterbach and Ansbach in Bavaria after skidding off the road and flipping over on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A U.S. soldier traveling in the front passenger seat sustained serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to hospital. The driver, also a soldier, was treated for shock and minor injuries, a police detective said. (Ansbach Fire Department)

A Ford Mustang lies on its roof off the B14 roadway between Katterbach and Ansbach in Bavaria after skidding off the road and flipping over on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A U.S. soldier traveling in the front passenger seat sustained serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to hospital. The driver, also a soldier, was treated for shock and minor injuries, a police detective said.

A Ford Mustang lies on its roof off the B14 roadway between Katterbach and Ansbach in Bavaria after skidding off the road and flipping over on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A U.S. soldier traveling in the front passenger seat sustained serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to hospital. The driver, also a soldier, was treated for shock and minor injuries, a police detective said. (Ansbach Fire Department)

The B14 highway between Katterbach and Ansbach is blocked following a rollover accident involving U.S. soldiers in Germany, Feb. 17, 2020.  A U.S. soldier traveling in the front passenger seat sustained serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to hospital. The driver, also a soldier, was treated for shock and minor injuries, a police detective said.

The B14 highway between Katterbach and Ansbach is blocked following a rollover accident involving U.S. soldiers in Germany, Feb. 17, 2020. A U.S. soldier traveling in the front passenger seat sustained serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to hospital. The driver, also a soldier, was treated for shock and minor injuries, a police detective said. (Ansbach Fire Department)

A 20-year-old American soldier was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries this week when the car he was a passenger in skidded off a road in Bavaria, German rescue officials said Wednesday.

The soldier suffered numerous bone fractures and internal injuries, but his condition has improved since the accident, which occurred during a downpour in the early afternoon on Monday, said Ansbach police detective Volker Ehrlinger.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old soldier, sustained only minor injuries and was treated for shock after he lost control of the vehicle, a Ford Mustang, on a country road between Ansbach and Katterbach, Ehrlinger said.

Both soldiers are with the 5th battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, based at Ansbach, said 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command spokesman Capt. Robert Durr.

“The driver of the vehicle is a soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters battery … The passenger is from Bravo battery,” Durr said.

“The car was driving way too fast,” he said.

After veering off the road, the vehicle skidded more than 150 feet along a bike path and flipped onto its roof.

“The soldiers were lucky that people who were driving past reacted quickly and pulled both of them out of the car,” said Ehrlinger.

No drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, the police detective said.

The total damage caused by the crash was estimated to be around $49,000, mainly to the car. The B14 roadway was shut down for several hours after the accident, and the Ansbach prosecutor ordered the vehicle involved in the crash to be seized.

Army officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Stars and Stripes reporter Immanuel Johnson contributed to this article.

Kloeckner.marcus@stripes.com


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