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Car Hits Soldiers Marching In Formation; Four Injured

March 19, 1985

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ A car driven by a man accused of drunkenness plowed into a group of soldiers marching in formation, injuring four of them, Army officials said today.

David Harris, a spokesman for the Redstone Arsenal Army base, said the three soldiers most seriously injured Monday night were flown by helicopter to an Army hospital in Kentucky, where they were reported in stable condition today.

Harris said Howard J. Townson, 35, of Huntsville, was arrested by military police on charges of reckless driving, first-degree assault and driving under the influence of alcohol in the 8 p.m. accident on the base. About a dozen soldiers were marching at the time.

Townson was taken to the Madison County Jail pending a hearing before a federal magistrate today.

Harris said the four injured soldiers were assigned to the 7th Student Company of the Army’s Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School.

The three airlifted to an Army hospital at Fort Campbell, Ky., were identified by Harris as Pvt. Dean Jahnke of Rainelle, W. Va., who suffered head injuries and a fractured right leg; Pvt. Timothy Cullen of Lake City, Fla., who had a fractured right leg; and Pvt. Brian Kalstad of Austin, Texas, who also had a fractured right leg.

Harris said the fourth solider injured in the incident was admitted to Fox Hospital at Huntsville. He asked that his name be withheld.

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