Prison van overturns in Rosharon

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says the van was heading to the Darrington Unit when it was involved in a crash.

September 2, 2010 3:19:17 PM PDT
Eyewitnesses to a crash involving a bus full of prisoners were faced with a real dilemma when trying to help out the wounded. The crash happened on FM 521 and FM 1462 in Rosharon Thursday morning. The TDCJ bus got into an accident with three other cars, causing the bus to roll on its side and into a business. When eyewitnesses rushed to help, the guards were knocked out and the prisoners said they were hurt and wanted out.

Finally, one of the guards woke up and told them to keep the door closed. During the response, those eyewitnesses even helped secure a weapon.

"If we'd have opened the door, they would have got the gun. And we didn't know at the time if they were still shackled or anything or could get to the gun," said witness Ketha Selby.

Six prisoners were on board at the time. Several passengers suffered minor injuries.