CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Members of a Fort Bragg Honor Guard en route to a military funeral were injured in Scotland County Friday morning, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
The van with 10 honor guard members was traveling to a funeral in Indian Trail when it was hit by a logging truck around 10 a.m., about 2.5 miles north of Laurinburg, said trooper John Martin.
The collision occurred at the intersection of U.S. 15 and N.C. 144, Old Wire Road, after the driver of the van, Richard Horton Jr., 22, failed to see the truck, Martin said.
“The driver stopped (at the stop sign), failed to see the tractor trailer coming and drove into the path,” Martin said. “Five soldier were trapped in the van and it took rescue workers about 45 minutes to free them.”
Martin said Joshua Furr, 26, and Nathaniel Jemison, 28, were both airlifted to UNC-Chapel Hill and are listed in critical condition.
Richard King, 21, William Schnidt, 24, and Christopher Somers, 26, were operated on and remain patients at Scotland Memorial, listed in critical but stable condition, according to the highway patrol. Joshua Provost, 25, was treated at Scotland Memorial and is listed in serious but stable condition.
William Mira, 27, Rahul Tangirala, 28, and Thomas Velazquez, who’s age was not available, were treated and released from Scotland Memorial, Martin said.
Horton Jr. was also treated and released, and cited for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign, Martin said.
Donald George Stone, 42, of Lumberton, is the owner and operator of the freight liner truck, Martin said, adding Stone was not cited. Stone reported pain at the scene of the collision but was not transported, Martin said.