2 Camp Lejeune Marines were killed and 17 were hurt in a North Carolina truck rollover
Two U.S. Marines were killed and 17 others were injured when the truck they were riding in overturned Wednesday and ejected them near their base in North Carolina, authorities said.
N.C. State Highway Patrol Lt. Devin Rich told a news conference that the 7-ton truck was making a right turn onto a highway about 1 p.m. when it lost control and overturned. Rich said indications were that the truck was traveling “a little too fast” for the turn.
The highway patrol said in a statement Wednesday evening that the truck overturned into the median on U.S. 17. A second military vehicle traveling behind the truck was unable to stop in time and struck one of the ejected passengers, it added.
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. We are so proud of our military heroes at Camp Lejeune and across North Carolina. Our prayers go out to them. - RC— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) January 19, 2022
It wasn't clear if the person who was hit by the second truck was one of the two killed on the route about 8 miles from Camp Lejeune.
All of the Marines were active duty service members with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune. The group identified the overturned vehicle in a separate news release as a medium tactical vehicle replacement, used primarily for troop and equipment transportation.
Besides the two killed, 15 Marines were taken to the base hospital and two were flown by helicopter to a Wilmington hospital where they were in critical condition, according to a news release from the Marines.
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.— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) January 19, 2022
God Bless our servicemembers who put their lives at risk every day to protect our nation. https://t.co/IGS9KaGtJ8
The names of the deceased were being withheld until 24 hours after the notification of next of kin, and the names of the injured were being withheld in accordance with privacy regulations, the news release said.
The patrol said one man has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and exceeding a safe speed.