WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published November 02, 2011, 10:25 PM

North Dakota soldier injured in roadside bomb attack

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Another local soldier is seriously injured fighting the war on terror overseas; this time, an NDSU graduate. Hope area native Eric Mewes is recovering at a Germany hospital after a bomb blast Saturday.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Another local soldier is seriously injured fighting the war on terror overseas; this time, an NDSU graduate. Hope area native Eric Mewes is recovering at a Germany hospital after a bomb blast Saturday.

Specialist Eric Mewes has only been in the Army for a year. He deployed to Afghanistan in August with the 576th out of Colorado. Just two months into that stay, the 27 year old is injured in a near fatal explosion.

The 2002 Hope-Page graduate is lucky to be alive, considering the sheer magnitude of the blast. He was first in a convoy. Mewes was riding in a heavy armored, military vehicle, similar to this, known as a Buffalo. A 200 pound bomb exploded, the force, tipping the mine protected vehicle over. Mewes was one of two troops injured. He has two broken legs and other wounds to his lower body. Mewes isn't expected to lose any limbs, but may not be able to ever run again.

We spoke with his parents tonight, who declined an on camera interview. They tell us Mewes will be back to the states within a few days. He'll first go to Fort Sam Houston or Fort Bliss, both in Texas, for about six to eight weeks, before coming home. They will find out more tomorrow.

Tags: