10 Dead After Train Hits Prison Bus

Vehicle slid off embankment onto tracks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2015 11:23 AM CST
Updated Jan 14, 2015 12:05 PM CST
Officials investigate the scene of a prison bus crash in Penwell, Texas, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Mark Sterkel)

(Newser) – Police in west Texas say 10 people are dead after a prison bus slid off an embankment and onto railroad tracks, then got hit by a train, reports the AP. Details are still pretty thin, but NBC Dallas-Fort Worth says the bus was on Interstate 20 near Odessa this morning when it hit an icy patch and skidded off an overpass onto the tracks. It then collided with a passing freight train. Another five people on the bus were injured, while the two employees on the Union Pacific train were unhurt. The bus had been taking 12 prisoners and three guards from Abilene to El Paso.

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