By AMANDA KIMBLE
COMANCHE COUNTY (February 19, 2016) — UPDATE
At least one individual is dead and a number of inmates were injured in a Friday morning collision.
The two-vehicle accident involved a Texas Department of Criminal Justice transport bus carrying 31 inmates and two corrections officers, according to TDCJ Public Information Officer Robert Hurst.
The accident occurred just before 8 a.m. Friday at the intersection of State Highway 36 and FM 1702 in Gustine, Comanche County. About an hour later, local deputies were on the scene.
“I am sending deputies out there to help with the prisoners,” Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said.
Passersby reported seeing inmates lined in a row, sitting in a bar ditch where investigators and emergency responders had descended on the scene.
Hurst confirmed the fatality, saying the driver of a “civilian vehicle,” which sources say collided with the TDCJ bus, was killed.
Meanwhile, inmates who sustained “what appear to be non-life threatening injuries,” were taken to hospitals in Fort Worth, Temple, Hamilton, Comanche and Brownwood and an infirmary in Gatesville.
The accident is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and The Flash is awaiting a return call from investigators.
A bus carrying about 40 inmates was involved in a collision Friday morning.
The accident occurred around 9 a.m., and Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said the collision occurred in Comanche County, just beyond the Erath County line.
“I am sending deputies out there to help with the prisoners,” Bryant said, explaining that the inmates were on a Texas Department of Corrections inmate transport bus. “I understand there were about 40 inmates on board.”
While little information on the incident was available at the time of this report, Bryant said injuries were reported.
“I don’t know who was injured or how many injuries, but I do know some were reported,” he said.