Fort Bragg military honor guard members hurt in crash outside Laurinburg

Ten service members headed to a Charlotte-area funeral were injured in log truck crash.
January 6, 2014 1:24:39 PM PST
Ten members of a Fort Bragg honor guard on their way to a Charlotte-area funeral were hurt Friday in a crash outside Laurinburg.

It happened around 10 a.m. on U.S. Highway 15/501 at N.C. Highway 144.

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Troopers say the van carrying the 82nd Airborne Division honor guard was struck when their van's driver turned left in front of a tractor-trailer loaded with logs. Investigators say the impact pinned five of the soldiers inside the van.

The State Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in the crash:

Van Driver:

  • Richard Horton Jr. - transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, treated and released

Passengers:

  • Thomas Velazquez - transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, treated and released
  • Joshua Furr - taken by air to UNC, in good condition as of Monday
  • Nathaniel Jemison -taken by air to UNC, discharged
  • Joshua Provost - transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, treated and released
  • Richard King - transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, as of Sunday upgraded to good condition and will no longer need ICU care
  • Christopher Somers - transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, as of Sunday upgraded to good condition and will no longer need ICU care
  • William Mira - transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, treated and released
  • William Schnidt - transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, as of Sunday upgraded to good condition and will no longer need ICU care
  • Rahul Tangirala - transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, treated and released

Log Truck Driver:

  • Donald George Stone - refused medical treatment

Troopers say Horton was cited with failure to yield.

Offiicals did not provide the ranks of the soldiers involved.

A Fort Bragg spokesman says all 10 soldiers were on their way to a funeral home in Indian Trail to perform military honors for a World War II veteran who passed away earlier this week.

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