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Prison bus collides with train killing inmates, correctional officers

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Jan 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-14 14:00:35-05

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.