As we reported earlier today, Dr. Ben Carson temporarily suspended all campaign activities following a serious car wreck involving some of his campaign volunteer staffers. Sadly, it was announced tonight that one young man, Braden Joplin, has died from the injuries sustained in that accident.
Rest In Peace Braden Joplin. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. pic.twitter.com/p87TCnD44p— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) January 20, 2016
More from CNN:
"Braden Joplin died following an auto accident on slick roads near Atlantic, Iowa," the campaign said in a statement. "Three other passengers in the van were treated and released from a hospital in Atlantic, but Joplin's injuries were severe, and he was brought to Nebraska Medical Center's trauma center in critical condition for treatment."
Carson also canceled campaign events for Wednesday.
"We unfortunately had some tragedy in our campaign today," Carson told CNN affiliate WCIV in Charleston, South Carolina, where he had been campaigning. "One of the vans in Iowa, with one of our staffers and three student volunteers, hit a patch of ice, flipped on its side, (and) was hit by another vehicle."
Twitchy has collected some of the initial reaction to the news, which broke less than an hour before this posting. NBC tweeted a photo of the devastating wreck.
UPDATE: Carson campaign: Campaign volunteer, who was seriously injured in Iowa van crash, has died. pic.twitter.com/Gdpv8T7cQt— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) January 20, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers as well go to his family and friends, and to his fellow volunteers and staff at the Carson campaign.