Wednesday, December 7, 2022

2nd road accident with US troops over a week in Lithuania

U.S. Stryker armored vehicle in the Lithuanian city of Kazl-Ruda drove off the road and crashed into a tree, one soldier was injured, the press service of the Lithuanian Police Department said on Saturday.

“On Saturday at one o’clock in the morning in Kazlu-Ruda on Vytauto Street the NATO armored personnel carrier Stryker drove into a ditch and crashed into a tree,” the report said.

This is the second case with US Army convoy in Lithuania over the past week during a military exercise in the Baltic country.


More: 13 soldiers injured in collision of US Army armored personnel carriers in Lithuania

On June 7, Lithuania’s Defence 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.

Units from US Army Europe take part in Exercise Saber Strike 18, the eighth iteration of the exercise, taking place across Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia in order to increase readiness and enhance interoperability between NATO allies and partner forces.

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