Germany's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

UK soldiers in Paderborn hit by car killing one

Share this article

UK soldiers in Paderborn hit by car killing one
Photo: DPA
16:06 CEST+02:00
A British soldier based in North Rhine-Westphalia was killed and five were injured when a car accidentally ploughed into them as they were walking, police said Thursday.

The car careened onto the pavement in the western city of Paderborn late Wednesday after a collision with another vehicle, striking the group of soldiers stationed at a nearby British military base, who were waiting at a crosswalk.

"Witnesses said the car ran a red light to enter the intersection," a police statement said.

A 20-year-old soldier succumbed to his injuries at the scene while a 23-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries. Four others were treated in hospital, two with serious injuries. The 21-year-old driver was also hurt.

Britain has about 20,000 soldiers based in Germany but plans to pull them out by 2020.

AFP/mry

 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

How and why learning a new language messes with your old one

Many people report forgetting words or phrases from their native language when they learn a second language. The Local explored this linguistic phenomenon, known as first-language attrition.