Members of Fort Bragg honor guard injured in Laurinburg crash
Posted January 3, 2014
Laurinburg, N.C. — Several members of an honor guard from Fort Bragg heading to a military funeral near Charlotte were critically injured Friday morning in a collision with a log truck near Laurinburg, authorities said.
The 10 members of the 82nd Airborne Division honor guard were on their way to a funeral in Indian Trail at about 10 a.m. when their driver failed to yield the right of way, and their van was hit on the right side by a tractor-trailer loaded with logs, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The collision occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 15/501 and N.C. Highway 144, about 2 miles north of Laurinburg.
Five of the soldiers were trapped, and first responders had to cut away the side of the vehicle – a process that took about 25 minutes, according to Kevin Strickland, with the Scotland County Rescue Squad.
"We knew we had two guys who were critical," Strickland said. "(This is) a pretty popular intersection, known for some pretty serious injuries."
Nathaniel Jamison, 28, and Joshua Furr, 26, were airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where they were listed in critical condition.
Richard King, Christopher Somers and William Schmidt were listed in critical but stable condition at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg. Joshua Provost, 25, was listed in serious condition at Scotland Memorial.
Thomas Kelazquez, William Mira, Rahul Tangirala and van driver Arthur Lee Horton Jr. were treated at Scotland Memorial and released.
The soldiers' ranks weren't available Friday afternoon.
Horton, 22, was cited with failure to yield, authorities said.
The driver of the log truck, Donald George Stone, 35, of Lumberton, suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment, authorities said.