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Atoka prison van crash sends ten to hospital


ATOKA,OK---Eight people remain in the hospital after an accident involving a prison van and a semi-truck Tuesday morning.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have said that a reconstruction team from Oklahoma City has been called in to re-create the accident scene and assist with the investigation.

Troopers say just after eight a van from Mack Alford Correctional Center was headed west on highway 7 when it was hit by a semi-truck.

Seven inmates and two guards were on their way to Johnston County to work with the Department of Transportation when their van broke down and another came by to pick them up.

As the van was merging back onto the highway troopers say it was hit by a westbound semi truck.

All seven inmates, the two guards and the truck driver were taken to several local hospitals with various injuries. Two inmates and a guard were taken by air ambulance.

Lieutenant Shane Allen says he was surprised this accident was not a fatality.

"Could have been a lot worse; like I said, still know that injuries are being assessed and not totally sure of the degree of injury right now." said Allen.

One of the inmates and one of the guards are in serious condition. The Mac Alfrod Correctional Center has not released names of anyone involved.


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