Two Marines dead and several injured after military truck going ‘too fast’ overturns

A military truck in North Carolina carrying 19 US Marines flipped over on Wednesday in Onslow County, killing two service members and injuring multiple others, according to state officials.

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A military truck crash in North Carolina near the Camp Lejeune military base killed two US Marines and injured others on 19 January, 2021. (AP Photo/Allen Breed, File)

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Two Marines are dead, and another two were airlifted to local hospitals for treatment after the crash, which occurred around 1pm at the intersection of US 17 and Highway 210, between the towns of Verona and Holly Ridge.

“We are working closely with Camp Lejeune and Onslow County officials to gather details regarding this incident,” said the 2nd Marine Logistics Group in a statement, confirming the crash involved service members from its division and multiple fatalities. The military has not yet identified the victims of the crash, who were ejected from the vehicle into the roadway, and will only do so once their next of kin have been notified. State troopers, Highway Patrol agents, fire, and emergency crews were sent to respond to the scene of the crash.

Sergeant Rich Devlin of the state’s Highway Patrol said the 7-tonne truck lost control while heading around a right turn at a high speed. “We’re conducting a thorough investigation involving our reconstruction unit along with our district troopers,” the officer told WDBJ. “They’re in the process of doing the measurements needed to obtain a speed or approximate speed they were traveling. We do know it was a little too fast for the right turn they were attempting to make.”

Photos from the scene of the accident showed emergency crews surrounding a tan, six-wheel military truck on its side in a grassy patch beside the highway. US 17 has since been re-opened to normal traffic. The 2nd Marine Logistics Group said it will continue to post updates about the accident on its Twitter feed, which can be found here.

We can confirm multiple casualties as a result of this incident.

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

— 2nd Marine Logistics Group (@2ndMLG) January 19, 2022

The crash occurred not far from Camp Lejeune, the largest US Marine Corps base on the East Coast. “Susan and I are praying for the families of the Marines who were tragically killed in an accident at Camp Lejeune, and we are praying for the full recovery of the Marines who were injured,” Senator Thom Thillis of North Carolina said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday. “God Bless our servicemembers who put their lives at risk every day to protect our nation.” From news to politics, travel to sport, culture to climate – The Independent has a host of free newsletters to suit your interests.

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