PENWELL, Texas — Eight inmates and two correctional officers were killed in a bus crash Wednesday morning outside Penwell, Texas, authorities said.
Five people — four inmates and one staff member — were transported to an Odessa hospital for medical treatment, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The accident occurred when the bus “left the roadway” and collided with a train.
A hospital representative said four of the injured were in critical condition and one was in serious condition.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident. Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers,” said Brad Livingston, the department’s executive director.
The bus was traveling from a prison facility in Abilene to one in El Paso, the state department said in a news release.
This is a developing story.