Ben Carson cancels campaign events after staffer dies in car crash

Emily Cahn
Ben Carson's Campaign Temporarily Suspended After Staff Car Accident
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.

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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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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.

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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.

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