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In a reindeer accident, 12 Finnish soldiers are hospitalized in Lapland



A dozen Finnish soldiers were hospitalized on Tuesday as their armored vehicle rode out to avoid a reindeer on the road and was hit by another military vehicle.

The transport vehicles carried a total of 28 members of the Kainuu Brigade at the time of the accident near Kemijärvi Lake in Lapland, the Finnish military said in a press release.

  Hundreds of thousands of reindeer populate Finland. (iStock)

Hundreds of thousands of reindeer populate Finland. (IStock)

None of the dozen conscripts had been seriously injured, a Helsinki Times army spokesman said.

The military said in an update Wednesday that all conscripts involved in the accident had returned to their ranks to continue their education.

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The Finnish Army had previously tweeted that conscripts carry out military exercises at several locations in Finland to "the improve local defense preparedness and ability. "

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Reindeer number in Finland to hundreds of thousands. In the winter, the Finnish Road Safety Agency reports that, according to Euro News, up to 20 reindeer per day may be involved in traffic accidents.

Vehicles have killed thousands of roaming animals. Shepherds paint the reindeer antler with fluorescent colors to reduce road deaths. Red noses were not available.

Associated Press has contributed to this report.


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