Camp Lejeune accident in Jacksonville, North Carolina, sees Marine driver, 19, charged as military vehicle crash kills 2

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TWO casualties were confirmed in a rollover crash involving service members in a military truck on Wednesday afternoon and the 19-year-old Marine driver has been charged.

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirmed at a news conference after the accident that two Marines were killed in the accident near a Marine base in North Carolina.

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Camp Lejeune accident in Jacksonville, North Carolina, sees Marine driver, 19, charged as military vehicle crash kills 2

Pictures from the rollover crash near Camp Lejeune on Wednesday afternoon

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Camp Lejeune accident in Jacksonville, North Carolina, sees Marine driver, 19, charged as military vehicle crash kills 2

Fire services at the scene of the crash

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Troopers said at around 4.40pm Wednesday that two others were transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital, according to WNCT.

The 2nd Marines Logistics Group later confirmed that a total of 17 people were injured.

The group's news release states: “Two U.S. Marines died and 17 others were injured following a tactical vehicle rollover accident near the intersection of North Carolina Highway 210 and US Highway 17 in Jacksonville, North Carolina on January 19, 2022.”

Authorities will not be releasing the names of the deceased as they are being held “until 24 hours after the notification of next of kin.”

Additionally, the names of the 17 injured are also being withheld due to privacy rules.

Louis Barrera, a 19-year-old Marine from Springfield, Tennessee‚ has been revealed as the driver of the truck.

Barrera has been charged with one count of exceeding a safe speed and two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, WCTI12 reports.

The crash involved US service members based at the Marine's Camp Lejeune.

A witness told WITN that there were “many injured” and that a helicopter was needed to transfer the injured for medical attention.

The 2nd Marines Logistics Group said in a tweet that it was aware its service members were involved.

“We are working closely with @camp_lejeune and Onslow County officials to gather details regarding this incident,” it said.

“We will release more information as it becomes available.”

It later confirmed “multiple casualties as a result of this incident.”

The crash happened in the area of US Highway 17 and NC Highway 210 around 1pm.

Onslow County Sheriff is currently assisting at the scene.

Fire and emergency services from Camp Lejeune are also at the scene, as are troopers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

As crews worked at the crash site, nearby roads were backed up with traffic as cars were being diverted.

The vehicle — reported to be a seven-ton military Mark23 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) — was holding a total of 19 military personnel when the crash happened, WSOC reports.

All of the personnel inside the truck were a part of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

According to reports, the truck driver was trying to make a right turn on US Highway 17 when it overturned.

The turn prompted the Marines in the back part of the truck to be ejected.

Trooper Devin Rich revealed speed could have played a role in the crash.

Following the tragic event, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis tweeted: “Susan & I are praying for the families of the Marines who were tragically killed in an accident at Camp Lejeune, & we are praying for the full recovery of the Marines who were injured.

“God Bless our servicemembers who put their lives at risk every day to protect our nation.”

North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper also took to Twitter to send prayers.

He wrote: “I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the U.S. Marines who lost their lives in a tragic accident today in Onslow County.

“We are so proud of our military heroes at Camp Lejeune and across North Carolina. Our prayers go out to them.”

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