A prison bus transporting twelve inmates and three corrections officers skidded off an icy highway overpass in west Texas on Wednesday, killing at least ten people, according to the Associated Press.
A county sheriff said the bus slid down an embankment before slamming into a Union Pacific freight train.
Mark Sterkel, whose Twitter biography describes him as the photo editor for the Odessa American, posted photos from the crash:
Wreckage of TDC bus crashed on train tracks near Penwell. OA confirmed 10 fatalities. http://t.co/7YVn1Vtfks— OAphotoEditor (@OAphotoEditor)1421253785.0
UPS rail cars damaged in TDCJ bus collision near Penwell. http://t.co/y5eMbH5jL8— OAphotoEditor (@OAphotoEditor)1421257394.0
The two employees on the train were not injured, but reports indicate five people were taken to the hospital. Their identities have not been released, and the severity of their injuries is unknown.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice told Reuters the bus was traveling from Abilene to El Paso when the crash occurred.
Brad Livingson, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said in a statement: "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."
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