(ODESSA, Texas) — At least 10 people are dead after a prison bus careened off an icy highway overpass in Texas, slid down an embankment and collided with a train on Wednesday, the Texas Department of Corrections announced.
Two corrections officers and eight offenders died in the crash, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Brad Livingston, said in a press release. The five other people on the bus — four offenders and one corrections officer — have been transported to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.
The bus was traveling from a unit in Abilene to El Paso at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when the accident occurred, Livingston said in the statement.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident,” he said. “Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
Livingston said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.
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