Ten people were killed and five severely injured when a Texas prison bus carrying 15 people skidded off an icy highway overpass and hit a moving freight train yesterday, officials said.
Two correctional officers and eight inmates died from injuries suffered in the accident near the west Texas city of Odessa, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident. Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers,” said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Four of the crash victims were in critical condition and the other was in serious condition, according to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
The bus was travelling from Abilene to El Paso with 12 inmates and three corrections officers aboard. It was transporting offenders from the Middleton Unit in Abilene, which houses male offenders and is not a high-security facility.
The identities of those on the transport bus have not been released.
The accident appeared to be weather-related, a spokeswoman with the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
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