3 Soldiers Hurt in Bavaria Truck Convoy Accident

Four U.S. Army soldiers were injured Tuesday, April 2, 2019, when one of five army vehicles driving in a convoy on autobahn A6 near Altdorf, Germany, crashed into the vehicle that was in front of it. (COURTESY OF THE ALTDORF FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Four U.S. Army soldiers were injured Tuesday, April 2, 2019, when one of five army vehicles driving in a convoy on autobahn A6 near Altdorf, Germany, crashed into the vehicle that was in front of it. (COURTESY OF THE ALTDORF FIRE DEPARTMENT)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Three soldiers remained hospitalized under observation Wednesday after being injured in a crash during a truck convoy in Bavaria a day earlier, Army officials said.

The soldiers, whose names were not released, were with the 212th Combat Support Hospital, based at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern. The injuries were not life-threatening, officials confirmed.

The accident happened Tuesday about 2:30 p.m. on the A6 autobahn near Nuremberg, while a five-truck convoy was heading toward Kaiserslautern from Grafenwoehr.

The soldier driving the fourth truck in the convoy pulled over to make an adjustment to his vehicle. But the driver of the last vehicle "underestimated" the braking distance needed to stop safely and slammed into the truck in front, said officer Philipp Mauderer of the Feucht police department. The three injured soldiers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

All the trucks returned to Grafenwoehr, including the last one in the convoy, which had to be towed.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, police said.

The accident is under investigation, Army officials said.

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