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US soldier injured in crash near Grafenwoehr

A 48-year-old U.S. soldier received serious injuries Thursday morning on B470 near Grafenwoehr, Germany, when he crashed into the rear end of a long truck.

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By MARCUS KLOECKNER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 21, 2019

KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY — A 48-year-old U.S. soldier was seriously injured in a car crash near the Army’s garrison in Grafenwoehr, police said.

The accident happened Thursday on the B470 when the soldier’s Toyota RAV 4 crashed into the rear of a long truck, police at Neustadt an der Waldnaab said.

The soldier had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters, who were on the scene for about an hour trying to free the driver.

The driver of the long truck was driving from Eschenbach toward Weiden when he stopped at a parking lot on the B470, police spokesman Markus Achatz said.

“After a short break, the truck driver pulled back on the B470,” Achatz said. “While accessing the road, the American crashed into the back of the truck.” Police, who continue to investigate, said it was not immediately clear who was at fault.

The B470 had to be shut down for more than two hours. More than 40 firefighters and rescue workers responded to the scene.

Investigators said any witnesses to the accident should call Neustadt an der Waldnaab police at 09645-92040.

kloekner.marcus@stripes.com
 

Investigators measure the road after a 48-year-old U.S. soldier received serious injuries Thursday morning on B470 near Grafenwoehr, Germany, when he crashed into the rear end of a long truck.
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