13 Marines Injured When Tour Buses Crash in North Carolina

Thirteen Marines were injured after their three tour buses crashed near Camp Lejeune Thursday morning.

Marine Corps Capt. Clark Carpenter said a bus driver was critically injured and air lifted to a hospital after the accident in Jones County, in eastern North Carolina. He said none of the Marines was seriously hurt.

Jones County authorities said the wreck occurred about 7:45 a.m. on U.S. Highway 17 near Maysville, about 20 miles north of Camp Lejeune.

Investigators believe the third bus failed to stop for traffic and collided with the bus it was following, according to Carpenter.

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.

The Marines are all part of the 22nd Expeditionary Unit out of Camp Lejeune, who are to deploy as a reserve units to in the European and Middle East regions this spring.

Marines on the scene described the injuries as "routine" and would not elaborate any further.

The injured Marines were transferred to the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital for treatment. The rest boarded new buses and were on their way to Norfolk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.