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At least 10 killed after prison bus loses control

15 January 2015, 09:00

Penwell - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when a bus carrying state prisoners skidded off an icy highway overpass in Texas, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing train, a county sheriff said.

The overpass on an interstate highway was slick with ice on Wednesday morning when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus left the roadway just west of Odessa, according to Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement that eight prisoners and two corrections officers were killed.

Donaldson said five injured people were taken to a hospital. A spokesperson for Medical Centre Hospital in Odessa did not have information on the severity of those injuries.

Justice department spokesperson Jason Clark said the bus was carrying 12 prisoners and three corrections officers to the Sanchez prison in El Paso.

The white bus came to rest on its side, crumpled with heavy damage to its top and undercarriage.

- AP

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