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Texas Prison Bus Carrying 15 People Hit By Train, Fatalities Reported

January 14, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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(Reuters) – A Texas prison bus carrying 15 people veered off a road and was hit by train on Wednesday, prison officials said, with local media saying at least 10 people were killed in the accident.

The bus with 12 inmates and three corrections officers was traveling from Abilene to El Paso when it skidded off a highway and ended up on railroad tracks, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said based on preliminary reports.

The accident took place near the western Texas city of Odessa.

Officials at the scene reported at least 10 people were killed, the local CBS affiliate and the Odessa American newspaper reported. The state’s Department of Criminal Justice did not provide details on injuries or deaths.

The bus appears to have gone off a bridge, the Odessa American said, citing a Texas Department of Public Safety official.

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