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Five American Soldiers Injured In Car Crash

February 23, 1993

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Five U.S. national guardsmen and a Norwegian civilian were injured in a head-on collision Tuesday. All were hospitalized but none of the injuries was life-threatening, a Norwegian official said.

Lt. Lars-Petter Berg-Hansen of the Norwegian Northern Defense Command did not release the names of the soldiers, who were en route to a NATO exercise in the Arctic.

The soldiers were from the 1st Battalion of the 214th Field Artillery Battery of the Georgia Army National Guard, Berg-Hansen said.

He said they were in a rented car near Bjerkvik, about 750 miles north of Oslo, when it collided with another car. Details of the accident were not immediately available.

Bent Haugan of the Salangen Sheriff’s office said four of the Americans were flown to the Tromso Regional Hospital by helicopter. They were treated for head and back injuries, and possible broken limbs, Berg-Hansen said.

The fifth was treated for minor injuries at a nearby military hospital, and the Norwegian went to a local hospital.