Laurel soldiers thrown from bus

Two Laurel Marine reservists were among 23 marines injured early Sunday morning when their military bus overturned at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Trey LaFitte, 24, is listed in serious condition at an Alabama hospital while reservists Daniel Clark suffered minor injuries and was treated and released.

Officials say the troops had just finished a training exercise and were leaving the range when the accident occurred. Lafitte is a student at Jones County Junior College and a fireman for the Glade Volunteer Fire Department. Officials say he was one of five reservists who may have been thrown from the bus.

Both LaFitte and Clark were part of the Bruton Marine reserve unit and were at Fort Rucker for weekend training exercises. Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna worked closely with LaFitte.

"Since then one of the soldiers from Alabama has died," said McKenna. "Trey, from what I can understand from the family, is in critical condition in Alabama suffering from a skull fraction and loss of feeling and movement in his legs."

According to the Public Affairs Office at Fort Rucker, the driver of the chartered bus carrying the soldiers has been charged with reckless driving. Neither his name nor the name of the bus company have been released.

An account has been set up at the Bank of Jones County in LaFitte's name to help with medical expenses and recovery.