Car accident leaves soldier and his family stranded and in need of help


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Keaton and Alexandra Ward were on their way from Terre Haute to their new home at Fort Bragg in North Carolina when the unthinkable happened.

Now the family is stranded in West Virginia and asking for prayers and help.

Todd Ward is counting his blessing after his son, Keaton, and his young family had a close call while driving in West Virginia Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s stressful but they are grateful, and we are more grateful than anything that they are okay,” Todd Ward said.

Keaton and Alexandra Ward are both Terre Haute South graduates, recently married with a new baby.

The couple and their two children were on their way to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Keaton is set to report on Monday, when they were involved in a five-vehicle accident.

“A trash truck either didn’t signal or didn’t give any signal that it was going to stop,” Todd Ward said. “They tried to avoid that trash truck, and their trailer jack knifed on them. A semi coming the other way took out the trailer with her car on top of that trailer and then it came on pass and hit Alex who was driving at the time and totaled both Alex and Keaton’s cars completely.”

Alexandra and the couple’s 3-month-old, Oakley, were transported to the hospital and sustained minor injuries.

The family found themselves halfway to their destination stuck without transportation, and worries that Keaton will not make it to the base for duty on Monday.

“We were moving from Indiana to North Carolina and we had everything that we had in those two cars and now they are gone so we are just trying to get back,” Keaton Ward said. “Trying to get home.”

Todd Ward hopes news of his son’s situation will help the young military family.

“Any help necessary that people could provide would be appreciated,” Todd Ward said. “But prayers too for their calmness and settling.”

Anyone wanting to provide assistance should contact Todd Ward at

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