Ben Carson Cancels Campaign Event in South Carolina After Staffers Hurt in Crash in Iowa
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has cancelled his scheduled events on Tuesday after four of his campaign workers were injured in a car crash in western Iowa.
UPDATE as of 8 p.m. ET: According to a tweet from Nebraska Medicine, the Carson staffer, identified as 25-year-old Braden Joplin, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
Carson issued a statement on the matter:
Earlier today in Iowa, a van transporting three campaign volunteers and one of our campaign employees hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle. Three of the passengers, including the campaign staffer driving, are currently being checked out in Atlantic, Iowa. One volunteer is being transported to Omaha, Nebraska to receive additional treatment.
I have spoken with the family of the volunteer being transported to Omaha, as well as the attending physician. I have also cancelled all remaining campaign events today and will be traveling to Omaha this afternoon to be with the family during this difficult time.
I am asking for you to join me in prayer for all the individuals and families involved.
Carson campaign spokesman Jason Osborne said the accident happened on Tuesday morning when the van carrying three volunteers as well a a paid staffer flipped onto its side on an icy road. The car specifically “hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle,” the campaign said, ABC News reported.
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The Iowa State Patrol is currently investigating the crash in Cass County, but it didn’t have more details.
Osborne added that a male volunteer suffered the worst injuries. He was rushed to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
The other staffers were taken to a hospital in Atlantic, Iowa, and will be released later in the day.
Carson, who was campaigning in South Carolina, said he has suspended campaign events and is planning to fly to Omaha to meet with the injured volunteer.