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Ben Carson Accident: Campaign Suspended After Staffer Killed

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Ben Carson and Braden Joplin. (KTPM/CNN)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 Jan 2016 10:17 AM

Ben Carson has suspended his Republican presidential campaign after a van carrying three volunteers and a campaign staffer slid on ice in Iowa, flipped on its side and was hit by another vehicle.

One of the volunteers, Braden Joplin., 25, died after being taken to a trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the hospital said in a statement released by the Carson campaign.

The other three people were treated and released from a hospital in Atlantic, Iowa, said Reuters reporting on the hospital statement.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was traveling from South Carolina to Omaha where he planned to meet with Joplin's family members and offer his condolences.

Carson is among a dozen Republican presidential candidates crisscrossing Iowa before the state's Feb. 1 caucuses, the nation's first contest to determine the party's nominee in November's presidential election, noted Reuters.

Campaign spokesman Jason Osborne said the crash occurred when a van carrying three Carson volunteers and a paid staffer flipped onto its side on an icy road and was hit by another vehicle, reported The Associated Press. The others in the van were treated at a hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.

Carson posted a picture of himself and Joplin on Twitter Tuesday night, writing: "Rest In Peace Braden Joplin. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

In a statement released by his campaign, Carson wrote: "One of the precious few joys of campaigning is the privilege of meeting bright young men and women who are so enthusiastic about their country that they will freely give of their time and energy to work on its behalf. America lost one of those bright young men today."

Chris Cook, spokesman for Texas Tech University, said the death of Joplin, who attended the university in Lubbock, was a great loss.

"The loss of life, especially one of our own, is always tragic. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Braden during this difficult time."

Other presidential candidates from both parties, including Republican Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and Democrat Martin O'Malley, also offered condolences on Twitter. And Democratic contender Bernie Sanders paid tribute at the beginning of a rally in Iowa City, Iowa.

"I have a lot of respect for any young person who gets involved in the political process," Sanders said. "Our hearts go out to the family of the young man."

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