SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - A van involved in a crash in Scotland County was carrying the honor guard team from the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg.
A trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol says the group was en route to Indian Trail, NC for a military funeral.
The driver of the van failed to yield the right of way to a tractor-trailer near the intersection of Highway 501 (Aberdeen Road) and NC 144 around 10 a.m. Friday.
The tractor-trailer was carrying logs and hit the passenger side of the van.
There were nine soldiers in the van, eight of which were listed in critical condition Friday afternoon. Two were airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, and the rest were at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg. The ninth soldier was treated at Scotland Memorial and released.
The driver of the van was cited for failure to yield the right of way.