Several injured as truck smashes into a US military convoy sparking inferno on German highway
- Three US army vehicles, including two fuel tankers, were pulled up on the roadside in Bavaria on Monday
- An articulated truck filled with wood chips smashed into the back of them sparking a massive blaze
- Multiple people were injured and eight soldiers were sent to the hospital for check ups for smoke inhalation
A truck has smashed into the back of a US military convoy sparking an inferno on a German highway and leaving multiple people injured.
Three US army vehicles, including two fuel tankers, were pulled up on the roadside when the articulated truck filled with wood chips smashed into the back of them in Bavaria on Monday.
Multiple people were injured and eight soldiers were sent to the hospital for check-ups for smoke inhalation.
Photos showed the vehicles engulfed in flames as fire crews rushed to tackle the blaze, dousing them in foam and water.
US army fuel tankers and a civilian truck are seen burning at the roadside in Bavaria on Monday morning after the crash
Black smoke billows into the air as flames engulf the vehicles
Firemen attend the blaze after an articulated truck plowed into US army vehicles on Monday
Firemen tackle the blaze which erupted on the hard shoulder of the A3 between the Parsberg and Velburg junctions
Wood chips in the back of the truck caught fire, police said (pictured: US servicemen stand on a bank at the roadside in front of the wreckage)
A serviceman stands beside the wreckage as firemen tackle the blaze on Monday morning
Emergency services at the scene after a truck rammed several US military vehicles on the A3 motorway near Parsberg, Germany
US military vehicles are covered in foam after firemen rushed to the crash
Police said it was not the fuel in the trucks which caught fire but the wood chips in the back of the truck.
A spokesman for the 7th Army Training Command at Grafenwöhr told German newspaper Bild: ‘Three US vehicles were on the way from Hohenfels on the motorway towards Grafenwöhr.
‘Because they were separated from their escort vehicles, they waited on the side of the road. This is where the crash took place.
‘All three US vehicles were totally destroyed. We’re lucky that no US personnel were seriously wounded. Eight soldiers were sent to the hospital for preventive medical check-ups.’
The A3 road between Parsberg and Velburg has been shut in both directions.
More than 40,000 members of the US military are stationed in Germany where the Allied forces set up bases after the Second World War.
Foam covers the US fuel tankers on the roadside in Bavaria on Monday
The destroyed vehicles are covered in foam after firemen rushed to tackle the blaze
Smoke billows into the sky as firemen respond to the crash on Monday
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