Four police injured in crash en route to military exercise

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Four police from the Special Tasks Battalion have suffered injuries on their way to the Namejs 2018 military exercise, the State Police said August 24.

The crash took place at about 10.30 a.m. on the A2 motorway near the Sēnīte restaurant. Three of the police have suffered heavy injuries and have been taken to the hospital. 

The police van went to the military exercise with headlights on and crashed into a Scania truck. 

State Police representative Ansis Pumpurs told Latvian Radio that it was a sideways crash, and that the car drove with headlights on as it partook in the military exercise and so had to get to the exercise camp from Rīga quickly. 

The Namejs exercise -- the greatest since Latvia regained its independence -- is held from August 20 to September 2. It has more than 10,000 participants, including Latvian and allied troops and home guards, reserve officers, volunteers, employees of the Defense Ministry, police and border guards.

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