Ben Carson Cancels Events After Campaign Workers Injured In Iowa Car Crash

Alex Pappas | Political Reporter

Ben Carson canceled campaign events Tuesday after four people involved in his presidential campaign were injured in a car crash in Iowa.

According to a statement from his campaign, “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,” the statement read. “One volunteer is being transported to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.”

The campaign said Carson is traveling to Nebraska to be with the injured volunteer.

“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.”

Added the campaign: “Dr. Carson is asking people to join him in prayer for all the individuals and families involved.”

The injured volunteer is Braden Joplin, a 25-year-old from Texas.

Joplin, left, recently posted this photo on Twitter of campaigning for Carson.

Carson was scheduled to hold events in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina on Tuesday. He’s scheduled to return to Iowa on Thursday and campaign through the weekend.

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