Texas inmate, three prison guards involved in crash following prisoner transport halt

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An inmate and three prison guards were injured when a Texas Department of Criminal Justice vehicle crashed late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

First responders found the van with severe front damage after hitting a concrete divider.

The inmate, who was in critical condition following the accident, was taken to a hospital in Conroe with a sergeant and correctional officer. 

A red Ford F-150 was spotted at the scene, as well, with severe damage to its left side. While the investigation is ongoing, police believe that the Ford F-150 is to be at fault for the collision. The driver is in stable condition.

A Texas inmate and three prison guards were injured in a transportation vehicle crash late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

A Texas inmate and three prison guards were injured in a transportation vehicle crash late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
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The victims’ conditions were all non-life threatening, Fox26 reports.

The crash comes shortly after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice paused the transpiration of inmates following the escape and manhunt of a violent Texas inmate, Gonzalo Lopez. 

“If it becomes necessary to do a transport such as releasing or an emergency medical appointment, additional security measures will be implemented,” said in a statement Monday. “That is why three guards were onboard the van transporting the inmate.”

Gonzalo Lopez, a convicted murderer, escaped a prison transport bus on May 12.

Gonzalo Lopez, a convicted murderer, escaped a prison transport bus on May 12.
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The inmate and one correction officer are reportedly in stable condition. The sergeant and other officer are expected to be fine as well. 



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