Early this morning, a bus accident in West Texas killed 10 people when it slid off of an icy highway and collided with a moving freight train. The bus belonged to the Texas Department of Corrections and was transporting inmates and correction officers from a prison in Abilene to a facility in El Paso. Eight of the deceased were inmates and two were corrections officers. Four other inmates and one correction officer were injured during the crash. They are all in serious condition.
The bus was traveling westbound on I-20 when it hit an icy overpass on the highway and slid off the road into an embankment where it collided with the train. The train, which consisted of 4 locomotives and 58 cars, was able to stop shortly after impact without derailing, though a few of the cars that were impacted were damaged. No employees of the train were injured in the crash.
When authorities arrived on the scene of the accident, they found the prison bus rested on its side next to the train tracks. The bus had suffered severe damage to its front and undercarriage and its top was caved in.
Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board have been sent to investigate the scene of the accident.
This tragedy is the most recent in a string of fatal accidents involving Texas Department of Criminal Justice vehicles. In June of 2014, a TDCJ van collided with a passenger vehicle in Central Texas and killed one inmate and injured several other passengers.