JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County — A Marine who was just trying to help after a Jacksonville car crash is among three people critically injured, according to an eyewitness.
The accident happened Thursday night on Rocky Run Road. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, one car, a white Nissan Crossover, was traveling south on that road when another vehicle, a Burgundy GMC, ran a stop sign.
The two collided around 7:15 p.m. According to an eyewitness, who wishes to remain anonymous, a woman ran the stop sign going about 25 to 30 mph.
"There was a Marine, another woman and myself that saw the accident and we stopped to help and make sure everybody was okay," said the witness.
Shortly after the first accident, a red truck came around the curve and struck three people at the scene of the wreck. Authorities confirmed one of the pedestrians injured was a driver involved in the first accident and the other two were bystanders trying to help.
"I heard a crash and I turned and looked and a red truck had hit the first vehicle and had actually run into the woman that was driving the red vehicle, the Marine and the other woman," recalled the eyewitness. "They went flying into the air and one of the women had landed in the grass. And the Marine was screaming and he was in the middle of the road and he kept screaming 'Help me! Help me!' So I pulled him out of the road."
The Marine's cover and boots were still at the scene Friday morning.
The road was shutdown shortly after but was reopened by Friday morning. The witness said they are thankful that their family walked away unharmed but they remain shaken.
It's unclear if any charges are pending. The three victims were airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.