13 US Soldiers Injured in Road Accident in Lithuania

FILE PHOTO -- Stryker vehicles of the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment roll down the way during the ''Dragoon Ride'' military exercise in Salociai some 178 kms (110 miles) north of the capital  Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, March 23, 2015.  (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
FILE PHOTO -- Stryker vehicles of the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment roll down the way during the ''Dragoon Ride'' military exercise in Salociai some 178 kms (110 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuanian officials say 13 U.S. soldiers have suffered minor injuries in a road accident as four armored vehicles collided during a military exercise in the Baltic country.

The Defense Ministry says the U.S. Stryker armored vehicles were en route to a drill site in Prienai district, central Lithuania, when Thursday's crash took place.

It added the injured soldiers were rushed to a hospital for examinations. No civilians were involved but a road at the site has remained closed, according to the ministry.

The drill is part of a major U.S.-led military exercise Saber Strike that kicked off in NATO's eastern flank in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Sunday with 18,000 soldiers from 19 nations.

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