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US 2 Marines Killed, 17 Injured in North Carolina Military Vehicle Crash; Fellow Marine Charged

07:21  20 january  2022
07:21  20 january  2022 Source:   newsweek.com

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A US Marine is facing charges after a military tactical vehicle he was driving overturned near Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Wednesday, killing two service members and injuring 17 others, officials said.

Two active-duty U.S. Marines were killed and more than a dozen others were injured in a military vehicle crash in North Carolina Wednesday afternoon, Fox News has confirmed. Sgt. Devin Rich with Highway Patrol told Fox News two people were airlifted to local hospitals and about a dozen The 2 nd Marine Logistics Group said earlier it was aware of a vehicle rollover in Jackson, which involved service members. The 2 nd MLG said it was working closely with Camp Lejeune and Onslow County officials to gather more details. They said there have been "multiple casualties" but did not elaborate.

A U.S. Marine in North Carolina has been charged in the deaths of two of his fellow Marines after he rolled over a military vehicle in a Wednesday afternoon crash in which 17 additional service members were injured.

A U.S. Marine has been charged in the death of two other Marines following a rollover crash in North Carolina that caused soldiers to be ejected from a transport truck. © iStock/Getty A U.S. Marine has been charged in the death of two other Marines following a rollover crash in North Carolina that caused soldiers to be ejected from a transport truck.

Louis Barrera, 19, of Tennessee, was reportedly charged with one count of exceeding a safe speed and two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. A court date for Barrera has not yet been set.

The crash occurred near North Carolina Highway 210 in Jacksonville around 1 p.m. ET, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Jacksonville is home to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, a major amphibious assault training center for the Marines, and the fatal wreck occurred about eight miles from the camp.

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At least two Marines have been killed and seven others have been critically injured after a military truck crashed in North Carolina on Wednesday. A witness said the truck with the Marines had rolled over during the crash . The crash took place around 1pm at the intersection of US 17 and Highway 210 between Verona and Holly Ridge, according to WECT. A witness told the network that the truck with the Marines had rolled over in the crash . A medical helicopter being called to the scene to pick up those who were injured .

At least two Marines have died and seven critically injured after a military truck crashed in Onslow County. A witness tells WITN News that a Marine 5-ton truck carrying several Marines rolled over. That witness said there were “many injured ” and that a medical helicopter had landed to pick up the injured Marines . A source said two Marines died, seven critically injured , and five others in the truck “cleared”.

Among the injured Marines, two were listed in critical condition. The two casualties were members of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, said the DoD.

The names of the deceased are being withheld for 24 hours to allow for next of kin to be notified.

The vehicle involved was known as a medium tactical vehicle replacement or "seven ton," which the DoD stated is used mostly to transport troops and equipment. It was carrying a number of Marines at the time of the crash.

The accident began when Barrera attempted to make a right turn onto U.S. Highway 17, stated North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sergeant Devin Rich. That is when Barrera lost control of the vehicle, causing it to completely roll over onto the median, police said.

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At least two Marines have died and seven critically injured after a military truck crashed in Onslow County. A witness tells WITN News that a Marine 5-ton truck carrying several Marines rolled over. That witness said there were “many injured ” and that a medical helicopter had landed to pick up the injured Marines . A source said two Marines died, seven critically injured , and five others in the truck “cleared”.

At least two Marines have died and seven critically injured after a military truck crashed in Onslow County. That witness said there were “many injured ” and that a medical helicopter had landed to pick up the injured Marines . A source said two Marines died, seven critically injured , and five others in the truck “cleared”. The Marines are assigned to the 2nd Marines Logistics Group which is based at Camp Lejeune.

The rollover caused a number of Marines to be ejected from the vehicle. At least one of the deceased soldiers was then struck by a follow-up military vehicle that was unable to stop in time, state troopers added.

A massive turnout from first responders followed. This included local sheriff's deputies, as well as military rescue workers from Camp Lejeune.

Traffic was reportedly backed up for miles as crews worked to remove the overturned vehicle from the road. The highway was reopened approximately five hours after the crash.

The DoD stated that an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, to be conducted by the state highway patrol. It is unclear if drugs or alcohol played a factor.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement on Facebook offering condolences for the victims.

"I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the U.S. Marines who lost their lives in a tragic accident today in Onslow County," Cooper wrote. "We are so proud of our military heroes at Camp Lejeune and across North Carolina. Our prayers go out to them."

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ONSLOW COUNTY, N . C . (WITN) - At least two Marines have died and seven critically injured after a military truck crashed in Onslow County. The crash happened around 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Highway 210, that’s between Verona and Holly Ridge. A witness tells WITN News that a The Marines are assigned to the 2nd Marines Logistics Group which is based at Camp Lejeune. Onslow County has sent multiple rescue units to the scene, while Camp Lejeune tells us that base fire and emergency services are on scene providing support. Ambulances also came from Pender and

A MILITARY vehicle crash on Wednesday has resulted in an unknown number of injuries as crews continue to work at the scene. Local reports suggested there were fatalities in the rollover crash in North Carolina . "We will release more information as it becomes available." The crash happened in the area of US Highway 17 and NC Highway 210 around 1pm. Onslow County Sheriff is currently assisting at the scene. Fire and emergency services from Camp Lejeune are also at the scene, as are troppers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

North Carolina Senator Tom Tillis echoed a similar sentiment in a statement on Twitter.

"Susan & I are praying for the families of the Marines who were tragically killed in an accident at Camp Lejeune, & we are praying for the full recovery of the Marines who were injured," Tillis wrote. "God Bless our servicemembers who put their lives at risk every day to protect our nation."

Newsweek has reached out to the U.S. Marine Corps for comment.

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