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Prison bus crash results in 33 injuries, 1 death

A woman driving a pickup truck slammed into a bus full of inmates from Abilene, Texas, on Friday, Feb. 19. The early morning crash happened in Comanche County east of Gustine at a rural intersection.

The woman driving the pickup died at the accident scene. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the woman pulled out in front of the bus after failing to stop at a stop sign. The bus and the pickup crashed, with the bus spinning several times and then overturning. The woman's truck left the roadway and came to a stop in the field.

Two correctional officers and 31 inmates suffered injuries. Five of the inmates that were injured were taken by helicopter to receive medical care. Ten of the inmates were taken to a prison unit infirmary in Gatesville, Texas. The other 21 inmates were taken to hospitals in the area. According to a spokesman for the prison system, the injuries suffered by the guards and inmates were not expected to be life-threatening.

This is the second Texas prison bus involved in a crash in just over a year. In January 2015, eight inmates and two guards were killed when the bus they were on lost control due to ice, went down an embankment and then crashed into a freight train. Three other inmates and another guard were also injured in that accident.

While it appears that the person who caused the accident died, the inmates may have a lawsuit against the prison for the crash. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information on how such a case would proceed in the civil court system.

Source: kwtx.com, "Last of victims of Texas prison bus crash released from hospitals," Feb. 19, 2016

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