Marines Injured in North Carolina Bus Crash
The marines were on their way to a certification exercise when, at a quarter to eight in the morning, a car on Highway 17 slowed to make a left turn rather suddenly. While the first two busses in the group slowed in time, the third bus could not come to a full stop and slammed into the second bus, which slammed into the first bus.
The 59 marines and one sailor were from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed at Camp Lejeune. They were traveling to the shore to load Bataan Strike Group ships in order to become certified. The uninjured marines proceeded to Norfolk in replacement buses where they completed the exercise, while the marines injured in the bus accident were taken to the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries. One marine suffering from more serious injuries was brought to the New Hanover Medical Center for further observation. He is in stable condition.
The only person to suffer more serious injuries from the bus crash was the driver of the third bus, who became pinned in his seat following the accident. He was rescued by emergency workers and flown to the Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. Emergency workers arrived at the scene within 20 minutes of the accident.
According to the official press release from Camp Lejeune, the three buses were contracted from civilians.
The marines will be deployed this spring to the US European Command Area of Operations, where it will serve as the Theater Reserve Force.