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US soldier, two other Americans hurt in car accident near Grafenwoehr

A helicopter sits on the B299 between Huetten and Kaltenbrunn near Grafenwoehr, Germany, following an accident involving two U.S. servicemembers on Sept. 1, 2018.

JUERGEN MASCHING

By MARCUS KLOECKNER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 4, 2018

A 29-year-old U.S. soldier and two other Americans were hurt in an accident Saturday near Grafenwoehr when the soldier’s car struck a car he was attempting to pass and then hit a second car coming from the opposite direction, police said.

The crash forced a two-hour closure of the B299. The soldier and occupants of the car he was trying to pass — a 45-year-old civilian and her 10-year-old son — were taken to a hospital in Weiden for treatment, police said.

Information on their medical status was not immediately available Tuesday.

The soldier was traveling on the B299 from Huetten toward Kaltenbrunn around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday when he attempted to pass the woman’s car. When he saw the oncoming car, he veered back toward the right lane, hitting the woman’s car and pushing it against the right-side guardrail. The oncoming car, which was also struck by the soldier’s vehicle, was forced off the road, Eschenbach police said in a statement.

A U.S. soldier was the driver of the oncoming vehicle. German police do not typically release the identities of those involved in accidents.

U.S. military officials were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

The police suspect that the soldier driving the passing car may have been intoxicated. Results of a blood were not yet available, police said.

kloeckner.marcus@stripes.com

The damaged car of a soldier who police said was responsible for an accident on the B299 road near Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Sept. 1, 2018. The accident caused about $40,000 in damage, local police said.
JUERGEN MASCHING

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