US Marine charged in crash that left two killed in North Carolina

US Marine charged for driving vehicle involved in crash that left two killed and 17 injured on highway near Holly Ridge, NC

  • At least two Marines have been killed and two others have been critically injured after a military truck crashed in North Carolina on Wednesday 
  • The driver of that truck, Louis Barrera, 19, was charged with one count of exceeding a safe speed and two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle 
  • The military truck had 19 men inside before the vehicle flipped over at the intersection of US 17 and Highway 210 between Verona and Holly Ridge 
  • A medical helicopter was called to the scene to transport the two injured soldiers to the hospital  
  • The soldiers had been assigned to the 2nd Marines Logistics Group which is based at Camp Lejeune

By Tommy Taylor For Dailymail.Com and Matt Mcnulty For Dailymail.Com

Published: 21:13, 19 January 2022 | Updated: 02:56, 20 January 2022

A US Marine has been charged for driving the vehicle involved in a fatal crash that left two other Marines dead and 17 injured, after a military truck crashed in North Carolina on Wednesday. 

Louis Barrera, 19, of Springfield, Tennessee was charged with one count of exceeding a safe speed and two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, according to WCTI-12

The crash took place around 1pm at the intersection of US 17 and Highway 210 between Verona and Holly Ridge.

The truck with the 19 Marines was making a right turn onto US 17 before they lost control and overturned. They were then thrown from the vehicle.  

Sergeant Devin Rich with the Highway Patrol said that the speed the vehicle was going at the time was undetermined.

‘We’re conducting a thorough investigation involving our reconstruction unit along with our district troopers,’ Rich said. 

‘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.’

Two were airlifted after a medical helicopter was called to the scene to pick up those who were injured.    

At least two Marines have been killed and seven others injured in a military truck crash in Onslow County, North Carolina

US Marine charged in crash that left two killed in North Carolina

The truck had made a right turn onto US 17 before it lost control and overturned 

US Marine charged in crash that left two killed in North Carolina

The military truck crashed at the intersection of US 17 and Highway 210 between Verona and Holly Ridge at around 1pm on Wednesday 

US Marine charged in crash that left two killed in North Carolina

Five other marines at the scene were not injured

The soldiers had been assigned to the 2nd Marines Logistics Group which is based at Camp Lejeune.   

‘We are aware of a vehicle rollover in Jacksonville, North Carolina, involving service members with 2nd MLG,’ they tweeted.  

‘We are working closely with @camp_lejeune and Onslow County officials to gather details regarding this incident. We will release more information as it becomes available.’ 

They later tweeted: ‘We can confirm multiple casualties as a result of this incident.’

Meanwhile, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper expressed his condolences on social media shortly after the fatal crash. 

‘I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the US Marines who lost their lives in a tragic accident today in Onslow County,’ Cooper posted on Facebook Wednesday.

‘We are so proud of our military heroes at Camp Lejeune and across North Carolina.

Our prayers go out to them.’ 

US Marine charged in crash that left two killed in North Carolina

Multiple first responders were called to the scene with some coming from surrounding counties

US Marine charged in crash that left two killed in North Carolina

The soldiers had been assigned to the 2nd Marines Logistics Group which is based at Camp Lejeune

The county has since reported that multiple rescue units have arrived at the scene with Camp Lejeune that fire and emergency services have arrived.

Ambulances from surrounding Pender and Jones counties were also at the scene. 

Traffic on US 17 later reopened about four hours after the crash occurred.  

DailyMail.com reached out to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group for comment.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is conducting a full investigation, according to authorities. 

This is a developing story.

Check back for updates. 




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