Ben Carson asks for prayers; temporarily suspends campaign

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson received some bad news that caused him to suspend his campaign.

A staffer and three volunteers were injured in an auto accident in Iowa Tuesday, one of them gravely so, ABC News reported.

News of the accident caused Carson to temporarily suspend campaign activities, according to a statement released by the campaign.

Earlier today in Iowa, a van transporting three campaign volunteers and a Carson campaign employee hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle. Three of the passengers, including the campaign staffer driving, are currently being checked out at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa. One volunteer is being transported to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Carson has spoken with the family of the volunteer being transported to Omaha, as well as the attending physician. Dr. Carson has cancelled all remaining campaign events today and will be traveling to Omaha this afternoon to be with the family during this difficult time.

Dr. Carson is asking people to join him in prayer for all the individuals and families involved.

Braden Joplin
Braden Joplin via Facebook.

The gravely injured victim was identified by the Des Moines Register as 25-year-old Braden Joplin.

Earlier today, Carson sparked controversy for asking social media users to spread this pro-Christian message:

Liberal progressives in Ohio recently have filed a lawsuit attempting to remove “In God We Trust” from our nation’s…

Posted by Dr. Ben Carson on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Certainly, thousands of Americans are sending Carson’s team prayers.


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