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Three U.S. soldiers provided medical aid and helped apprehend a driver and his passenger Sunday when they tried to flee the scene of a serious two-car accident.

Sgt. John McCaughrean, Spc. Ryan Vaughn and Warrant Officer 1 Mark Kreuger, all members of the 24th Military Intelligence Battalion, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade in Wiesbaden, Germany, were driving on Autobahn 3 near Frankfurt Sunday morning when they approached the scene of a traffic accident that heavily damaged both vehicles.

They ran to the vehicles, looking for injured people and preparing to assist them using their basic combat medical training. In one car, McCaughrean said, they found an older couple who was being tended to; in the other were two men, 18 and 26 years old, who got out of their car and ran across the autobahn to a nearby forest. McCaughrean said he and Vaughn ran after the two while Kreuger remained behind to provide medical assistance.

In the forest, the soldiers found the two men under a tree. “They were about half a football field away from us,” said McCaughrean. “The older one was lying on the ground, the other one was kneeling.” He said the older man appeared to be hurt.

McCaughrean said Vaughn, who speaks German, began talking to the two men, who appeared to be drunk. The soldiers tried to persuade them to return to the accident scene, but they refused. Seeing that the injured man’s condition was getting worse, McCaughrean left to get Kreuger and medical help.

On his way, he saw German police had arrived at the scene and accompanied them back into the forest, where the police took the two men into custody.

Ingbert Zacharias, a police spokesman at the Südosthessen station praised the soldiers. “The U.S. soldiers did what we think was perfect, they just did it right,” he said.

Zacharias said the car the two men were in crashed into the rear end of the older couple’s car. He said the man, 72, was in shock and his wife, 67, was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police are investigating the case and have not yet filed charges.


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