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Members of Fort Bragg honor guard injured in Laurinburg crash

Posted January 3, 2014

— 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.

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  • Lightfoot3 Jan 6, 2014

    "Those log trucks scare me to death." - DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves


    I keep a watchful eye on them myself. Don't like them beside or behind me. But this could have been any vehicle. The fault lies with the soldier driver for not yielding. This intersection is clearly marked.


    "Will literally change my route if I find myself following one." -DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves


    As long as they're in front of me, I'm okay.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 3, 2014

    guess I'd feel the same way Dont......that would be horrible to witness

  • sandim50 Jan 3, 2014

    praying that ALL of them recovery fully from this accident

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 3, 2014

    scuba - "THAT is what I'm afraid of, not log trucks, tractor-trailers, but drivers in a hurry."

    When I lived in GA back in the 70s-80s, I saw the load on a log truck going on a two lane mountain road roll off the truck and over onto an oncoming family car and killed them all. Was the most one of the most awful things I've ever seen. Been scared of them ever since. Will literally change my route if I find myself following one.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 3, 2014

    BubbaDukeforPresident - "Prayers for all soldiers involved and their families...as well as the family of the deceased where they were to provide an honor detail."

    AMEN!!!

  • lwe1967 Jan 3, 2014

    I hope that they all recover.

  • jenniegreen Jan 3, 2014

    Fury from the sky paratroopers! Prayers that all will be well!

  • scubagirl2 Jan 3, 2014

    "when their driver failed to yield the right of way"

    THAT is what I'm afraid of, not log trucks, tractor-trailers, but drivers in a hurry.

    I'm so sorry this happened and I do hope that they all recover fully and quickly. That they were not killed straight away is a miracle really.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jan 3, 2014

    Prayers for all soldiers involved and their families...as well as the family of the deceased where they were to provide an honor detail.

  • AliceBToklas Jan 3, 2014

    Let's hope they are all doing well and make a full recovery. Very sad indeed.

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