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3 buses carrying Marines crash in NC

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MAYSVILLE, N.C. — Authorities said three buses carrying Camp Lejeune Marines have crashed in eastern North Carolina, injuring nine Marines and one civilian.

Marine Corps Capt. Clark Carpenter said a bus driver was critically injured and air lifted to a hospital after the Thursday morning crash in Jones County. He said none of the Marines was
seriously hurt.

Jones County authorities said the wreck occurred on U.S. Highway 17 near Maysville, about 20 miles north of Camp Lejeune. Carpenter said investigators believe the third bus failed to stop for traffic and collided with the bus it was following.

Carpenter said 59 Marines and one sailor were on the buses traveling to Norfolk, Va. The troops are scheduled to begin training exercises March 10 in advance of their deployments.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Authorities said three buses carrying Camp Lejeune Marines have crashed in eastern North Carolina, injuring nine Marines and one civilian.

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