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27th August, 2019

Soldier dies in military convoy crash

One soldier was killed and five were injured when vehicles in a military convoy collided on the M7 motorway late Monday morning.

The Defence Ministry said the convoy of trucks was on its way from Hódmezővásárhely to a military exercise at the Central Practice Ground and Shooting Range of the Hungarian Armed Forces in Veszprém-Újmajor.

Two injured people were flown by rescue helicopter to an armed forces hospital and four others to a Székesfehérvár hospital.

No civilian vehicle was damaged in the collision.

Defence Minister Tibor Benkő told a press conference that an outstanding young soldier had died in the accident.

Benkő ordered an internal inquiry to clarify the circumstances of the accident. Police are also investigating.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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