The US Army is taking part in a massive exercise to practice moving around Europe, and 4 of its Strykers ran into each other in Lithuania
Four US Army Stryker armored vehicles collided during a road march in Lithuania on Thursday morning.
The accident came during Exercise Saber Strike 18, a massive exercise aimed at increasing readiness and interoperability.
The US and NATO have put special emphasis on increasing their ability to move around Europe to respond to a potential conflict.
Units from US Army Europe are joining some 18,000 personnel from 18 other countries for 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.
The exercise began on June 3 and runs through June 15, and one of the US units involved has already encountered a setback.
Around 11 a.m. on Thursday, four Stryker armored vehicles from 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment collided with each other during a road march near Prienai, a city in Lithuania roughly 5o miles from the border with Poland.
“Fifteen US Army soldiers were transported to local hospitals by host nation ground ambulances for evaluation of injuries. Ten of those injured were held for overnight observation,” Don Wrenn, a US Army Europe spokesman, said in an email. Earlier reports indicated 13 soldiers were taken to hospitals.
“All of the soldiers have been returned to duty” on Friday, Wrenn said, adding that there were no civilian vehicles involved or injuries reported and that an investigation into the cause of the accident was underway.
A big round of applause to the drivers of the four Strykers in Lithuania that managed to hit one another during a highway movement, resulting in the light injuring of 13 soldiers. pic.twitter.com/bdJhPg7uQF
— usawtfm6 (@usawtfm6) June 7, 2018
The 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s road march from its home station in Vilseck, Germany, through Poland, …read more
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