Ben Carson cancels campaign events after staffer dies in car crash

Ben Carson's Campaign Temporarily Suspended After Staff Car Accident

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suspended his campaign activities on Tuesday, after one campaign staffer and three volunteers were injured in a car accident in Iowa.

One of the volunteers, identified as 25-year-old Braden Joplin, died from the injuries later Tuesday, according to a report from the Des Moines Register.

The accident occurred when a van carrying the Carson staffers flipped on its side after hitting an ice patch, and was then struck by another vehicle, according to a statement from Carson's campaign.

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Ben Carson cancels campaign events after staffer dies in car crash
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.
Just heard about the serious car accident involving @RealBenCarson staff and volunteers. Please join me in praying for them.
Praying for the family of the young Ben Carson volunteer, Braden Joplin, who was killed in a tragic car crash in IA. A life taken too soon.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to @RealBenCarson, his campaign staff and their volunteers today. Praying for quick recoveries!
Thoughts & prayers with @RealBenCarson's volunteers & staff- involved in a car accident this morning.
Shocked by the tragic news from Ben Carson's campaign. My thoughts are with his volunteer's family and all affected by this sudden loss.

Carson's campaign said Joplin was airlifted from the scene to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, located just across Iowa's western border, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, canceled his remaining campaign schedule on Tuesday to be with his campaign volunteer and the volunteer's family at the hospital.


Dr. Carson is asking people to join him in prayer for all the individuals and families involved," Carson's campaign said in a statement.

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