Thursday, April 17, 2014

TDCJ Van Flips Over Carrying Inmates on US Highway 59 in El Campo

El Campo Texas - This morning around 7:15 AM a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) van carrying inmates from the Connally Unit in Kennedy flipped over on US Highway 59 in El Campo. 

Officials with the El Campo Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the accident.
According to a witness the van flipped over in the medium of US Highway 59, in front of the Mikeska Bar-B-Q Smokehouse.  The two correctional officers on board the van were taken to the El Campo Memorial Hospital, along with two inmates in the back of the van.  A third inmate was taken by Life Flight to Herman Memorial Hospital in Houston and his condition is unknown.
The van's intended final destination was the Jester IV Unit in Richmond, Texas.  The three inmates involved in the accident were assigned to the Connally Unit.  Due to the transporting officer's injuries, they were unable to provide any additional assistance and were transported away by ambulance.

The driver of the van was believed to have suffered a heart attack, which resulted in the accident.  At this time the officers injuries are being reported as nonlife threatening. 

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