Fort Bragg soldiers remain hospitalized

dranii@newsobserver.comJanuary 4, 2014 

— The conditions of five Fort Bragg soldiers who were injured Friday while en route to a military funeral remained unchanged on Saturday.

The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers, who were on their way to serve as an honor guard, were injured about 2-1/2 miles north of Laurinburg in Scotland County when a logging truck struck their van. The five critically injured soldiers were trapped in the crushed van for 45 minutes while emergency responders worked to free them.

UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill reported that Joshua Furr, 26, remained in critical condition Saturday afternoon. The other soldier airlifted to the hospital, Nathaniel Jemison, 28, continued to be listed in good condition, said hospital spokesman Zack Read.

Three other crash victims who were hospitalized at Scotland Memorial Hospital remained in critical but stable condition as of Saturday afternoon, according to nursing supervisor Gail Peterson. They are Richard King, 21, William Schnidt, 24, and Christopher Somers, 26.

Several other soldiers were treated and released from Scotland Memorial.

Among them was the driver of the van, Richard Horton Jr., 22, who was cited for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign. Horton apparently stopped briefly at the intersection of N.C. 144 and U.S. 15-501 before pulling into the path of the logging truck.

The driver of the truck, Donald George Stone, 42, faces no charges or citations. He was not hospitalized.

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