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4 Fort Bragg soldiers remain in critical condition following collision

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Four members of an honor guard from Fort Bragg remain in critical condition a day after a major crash near Laurinburg.

Members of the honor guard from Fort Bragg were en route to Charlotte Friday morning when the van they were in collided with a truck hauling logs, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Fort Bragg spokesman Ben Abel said 10 soldiers with the 82nd Airborne were headed to Charlotte.

According to Highway Patrol spokesman John Martin, two were air-lifted to Chapel Hill in critical condition and three were taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, where they had immediate emergency surgery.

Leslie Yanick is the supervising nurse at Scotland Memorial. Yanick said, "The patients are now stable. We don't expect any complications."

Yanick said the hospital's original operating room schedule was shuffled to accommodate the three simultaneous surgeries. 

Joshua Furr and Nathaniel Jemison are receiving treatment at UNC, according to Cpt. Douglas Ray, deputy division public affairs officer of the 82nd Airborne.  

Saturday, Furr was listed as being in critical condition and Jemison in good condition.

Richard King, Christopher Summers, and William Schnid are being kept in Laurinburg, according to Ray. 

All three victims at Scotland Memorial Hospital are in critical but stable condition.

The honor guard was in a 2012 Chevrolet passenger van that hit a logging truck en route to a funeral Friday in Indian Trail, near Charlotte.

The driver of the van, Richard Horton Jr., failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a logging truck, according to the Highway Patrol.

Five soldiers were trapped inside.

They were on the way to the funeral of Col. Harris Archie Morse, who died Dec. 31. The funeral started at 1 p.m. to perform the military honors, according to Heritage Funeral Home in Indian Trail. Morse was a World War II veteran who served after that in the North Carolina National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves, according to his obituary.


Eileen Park

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