Camp Lejeune Accident: Marine Accused of Tactical Vehicle Accident Killed 2, Wounded 17 in Jacksonville, North Carolina

The accident happened around kl. 1pm at the intersection of US 17 and Highway 210 in Jacksonville, said the state highway patrol.

The vehicle attempted to make a right turn at the intersection as it overturned into the median, throwing 17 passengers out of the vehicle, a statement from the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

“Another military vehicle, which was operated behind the first vehicle, was unable to stop and hit one of the ejected passengers,” the statement said.

The driver of the vehicle that overturned was identified by the highway patrol as 19-year-old Louis Barrera. He was charged with one count of exceeding a safe speed and two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, troopers said.

CNN has not been able to determine whether Barrera has retained a lawyer.

All those involved in the accident were active service members with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, said a statement from 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

The vehicle involved in the crash is described as “a medium tactical vehicle replacement (MTVR) – more commonly referred to as a” 7-tonne “- which is primarily used for troop and equipment transport purposes,” according to the statement.

Two of the injured passengers were taken to a hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina, and listed in critical condition. The 15 others who were wounded were taken to the Navy hospital in Camp Lejeune and listed as stable.

“I send our deepest condolences to family and friends of the U.S. Marines who lost their lives in a tragic accident today in Onslow County,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Twitter Wednesday. “We are so proud of our military heroes in Camp Lejeune and across North Carolina. Our prayers go out to them.”

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