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13 Marines, Driver Injured in Bus Crash Just Outside of Newbern, North Carolina (NC)

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According to a recent report from (CNN) – there was a three vehicle accident involving three buses carrying U.S. Marines which was described at a chain-reaction crash in a rural area of North Carolina that was nearby to the town of Newbern, North Carolina (NC). The three bus crash which occurred Thursday, March 5th injured 13 Marines and a driver, the state highway patrol and the military said. The Marines were on their way to their last exercise before their deployment this spring. There were a total of 59 Marines on all three buses including one sailor from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit at CampLejeune in route to Norfolk, Virginia, for an exercise, according Capt. Clark Carpenter, a Marine spokesman. The accident occurred at 7:45 a.m. as the buses traveled north on U.S. Route 17 near Maysville, North Carolina. According to witnesses and further corroborated with the accident victims, the accident occurred when they came up behind a car waiting to make a left turn, the first two buses stopped, but the third did not. It crashed into the second bus, pushing it into the first, said Sgt. J.E. Brewer of the North Carol ina Highway Patrol in Newbern, North Carolina (NC). Typically, the failure to stop in time to avoid a wreck is considered "following too closely" and may constitute a traffic violation by a car or bus or any commercial driver.

Further details of the multi-vehicle crash states that the driver of the third bus was pinned inside. The injured driver was flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina (NC). The driver’s sustained injuries from the bus wreck were not made immediately available to the public.

It is noted that the remaining 13 Marines had injuries and were treated at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital. The Marines were on their way to load the ships of the Bataan Strike Group for a certification exercise, which was to be their last military exercise before they are deployed this spring. The marine’s involvement in this multi-vehicle crash will not delay their deployment in any way, and it was unclear what bus company was operating the busses.

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