Carson volunteer in car crash has died
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A volunteer for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s campaign who was involved in a crash on an icy road in Iowa Tuesday has died, according to a press release from Nebraska Medicine.
 
Braden Joplin, 25, was brought to Nebraska Medical Center's trauma center in critical condition following the crash. Joplin died just after 4:30 p.m. local time.
 
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Three other passengers were in the van at the time of the crash. All three were treated and released from a hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.
 
The crash happened when the van hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side before it was hit by another vehicle. 
 
Carson canceled all South Carolina campaign events Tuesday after hearing about the crash. He temporarily suspended his campaign and traveled to Omaha. 
 
Carson plans to meet with Joplin's family members to offer his condolences. 
 
Carson on Tuesday evening released a statement saying he knew Joplin personally and is "filled with a deep and profound sadness at his passing."
 
"One of the precious few joys of campaigning is the privilege of meeting bright young men and women who are so enthusiastic about their country that they will freely give of their time and energy to work on its behalf," he said in the statement. "America lost one of those bright young men today," 
 
Carson said he is thankful the three other people involved in the crash have been treated and released. He called campaign volunteers the "unsung heroes of the political process."
 
"The outpouring of support for Braden and his family from fellow candidates, as well as their staffs and volunteers, demonstrates that life will always transcend politics, and I thank them for their kind words," he said.
 
He said he will continue to pray for Joplin's family and asks that everyone across America remember and honor his memory. 
 
Carson tweeted a photo of himself with Joplin:
 

 

 

A number of other presidential candidates posted on social media to express condolences to Joplin’s family:

- Updated at 10:50 p.m.