Carson suspends campaigning for 2 days after car accident involving staffers

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Ben Carson canceled campaign events for Tuesday and Wednesday after three volunteers and one staffer for the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign were involved in a car accident.

The van they were in flipped on its side in Iowa Tuesday after hitting a patch of ice, and was then struck by another vehicle, the campaign said in a statement.

Three of the passengers, including the campaign staffer driving, were examined and released from Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa, but one volunteer was being transported to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Carson, who was campaigning in Charleston, South Carolina, is traveling to Omaha Tuesday afternoon to be with the family of the volunteer, who was identified by a campaign spokesman as Braden Joplin. He has spoken with the family as well as the attending physician, the campaign added.

Carson campaign spokesman Jason Osborne was unable to provide Joplin’s age but said he was either in college or a recent college graduate. Osborne would not release the name of the driver.

Larry Ross, another spokesman for the campaign, said Carson’s team would only share information “we know to be true, and will provide additional details as available and appropriate.”

“Meanwhile, we are asking everyone to pray for all involved, including attending medical personnel,” Ross said.

Carson’s Iowa state director, Ryan Rhodes, asked for prayers in a Facebook post.

“Today is one of those days where it’s about more than politics please pray for Braden a dedicated volunteer who put his heart and soul into this effort. Somehow the words Trust in God mean more now than can be expressed,” he wrote.

Rivals offer thoughts, condolences

Several of Carson’s GOP rivals offered their support over Twitter.

“Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the @RealBenCarson staffers injured in a car accident in Iowa. By His stripes, we are healed. Is. 53:5,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted.

“Thoughts & prayers with @RealBenCarson’s volunteers & staff- involved in a car accident this morning,” tweeted Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager.

“Just heard about the serious car accident involving @RealBenCarson staff and volunteers. Please join me in praying for them,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted.



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