2 Marines Killed in Truck Crash Near Lejeune MARSOC Compound

January 20, 2022Dustin Jones

At least two Marines died and two were injured when a seven-ton truck rolled over on a road near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez

At least two Marines were killed and another two injured in a crash of a Marine MTVR — commonly called a “seven-ton” — carrying 19 outside Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Wednesday, Jan. 19. Pictures of the large truck laying on its side and surrounded by emergency workers were circulating Wednesday on social media.

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A Marine MTVR lies on its side after a crash near Camp Lejeune Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

The twitter account for Lejeune’s 2nd Marine Logistics Group, which is part of the II Marine Expeditionary Force on LeJeune, indicated the Marines killed were attached to that unit.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Devin Rich told Raleigh news station WRAL that the heavy transport vehicle lost control while making a turn on N.C. Highway 210 and U.S. Route 17. The rural intersection is about 20 miles from Lejeune’s main gate, but just a mile away from an annex to the base that houses the Marine Raider Training Center and other facilities used by MARSOC, the US Marine Forces Special Operations Command. The annex sits on Stones Bay, off the New River, near the town of Sneads Ferry. The accident took place about a mile from the gate leading to the MARSOC compound.

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A Marine CH-53E Super Stallion lifts a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, or “seven-ton” truck. An MTVR carrying 19 crashed outside Camp Lejeune Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clare J. McIntire.

The two injured Marines were airlifted to a local hospital at approximately 1 p.m., WRAL reported.

The names of the Marines are being withheld until next of kind have been notified. Sen. Thom Tillis gave his condolences via Twitter, praying for a speedy recovery for the wounded Marines.

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Dustin Jones
Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones is a former senior staff writer for Coffee or Die Magazine covering military and intelligence news. Jones served four years in the Marine Corps with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He studied journalism at the University of Colorado and Columbia University. He has worked as a reporter in Southwest Montana and at NPR. A New Hampshire native, Dustin currently resides in Southern California.

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