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03-21-08, 12:36 PM
Marine injured in bus crash paralyzed
The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 21, 2008 6:45:10 EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. — A Marine reservist injured in a bus wreck this month at Fort Rucker may never walk again. A spokesman for the Bessemer-based Anti-Terrorism Battalion said Lance Cpl. William Lafitte of Laurel, Miss., underwent surgery Tuesday at a Dothan hospital to repair a fractured vertebrae.

Master Sgt. David Holladay said doctors told Lafitte’s family that he likely suffered permanent paralysis. But Holladay said the 24-year-old Marine is able to feel hot and cold sensations.

Lafitte was among 18 Marines injured in the March 9 accident. The crash killed 19-year-old Lance Cpl. David Miles of Madison.

Ellie