Texas Tech student volunteer for Ben Carson dies in campaign trail crash

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A volunteer for the presidential campaign of Ben Carson has died after being hospitalized with injuries suffered in a car accident in western Iowa that hurt three other campaign workers.

Carson was in South Carolina at the time of the Tuesday morning accident and has suspended his campaign events.

An official for a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, says the Carson campaign volunteer, 25-year-old Braden Joplin, died late Tuesday afternoon.

According to NBC affiliate KCBD, Joplin was a student at Texas Tech from Midland.

“The loss of life, especially one of our own, is always tragic,” said Texas Tech spokesperson Chris Cook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Braden during this difficult time.”

Other GOP candidates expressed condolences to the Carson campaign after the loss.

“My respects to Ben, he’s a good guy, a really good guy and his staffers, so hopefully they get better, say a prayer for them,” said Donald Trump.

“We know the Carson campaign is focused on their Health and our safety and we hope they have a swift recovery, and we hope that others lift them up in health as well – young people who are standing up to make a difference in their country,” said Ted Cruz

Campaign spokesman Jason Osborne says the crash occurred Tuesday morning 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. The others in the van were treated at a hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.


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