Two US Marines have died and 17 others were injured as a a tactical vehicle rolled over near the intersection of North Carolina Highway 210 and US Highway 17 in Jacksonville, North Carolina on January 19.
The service said it would withhold the names of the deceased until 24 hours after the notification of next of kin, and the names of the injured are being withheld in accordance with privacy regulations.
All casualties were active duty service members with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The vehicle involved in the crash was a medium tactical vehicle replacement (MTVR) – more commonly referred to as a “7-ton” – which is used primarily for troop and equipment transportation purposes.
“2nd Marine Logistics Group will continue to support local authorities in the aftermath of this accident. Our unit is grateful to all first responders that provided aid to our service members,” a statement from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group said.
The deceased were pronounced dead at the scene. 15 patients were transported to Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where they were listed in stable condition. Two patients were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, where they were listed in critical condition.
The cause of the rollover is under investigation.