Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson canceled the remainder of his campaign events today after some supporters of his campaign were involved in a serious traffic accident in western Iowa this morning.
A release from Carson’s campaign states a van driven by a campaign employee, transporting three volunteers, hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side before it was struck by another vehicle. Three of the occupants of the van, including the driver, were transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
The other volunteer was taken to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. CBS News identified that volunteer as a 25-year-old student at Texas Tech University.
Statement on Iowa Car Accident from the Ben Carson for President 2016 Campaign
Alexandria, Virginia – January 19, 2016 – Earlier today in Iowa, a van transporting three campaign volunteers and a Carson campaign employee 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 at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa. One volunteer is being transported to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Carson has spoken with the family of the volunteer being transported to Omaha, as well as the attending physician. Dr. Carson has cancelled all remaining campaign events today and will be traveling to Omaha this afternoon to be with the family during this difficult time.
Dr. Carson is asking people to join him in prayer for all the individuals and families involved.