Bus carrying prisoners crashes on I-64; inmates, guards injured

News-DemocratDecember 15, 2013 

A bus loaded with federal prisoners crashed on Interstate 64 early Sunday morning, injuring guards and inmates.

All 13 passengers in the bus, including nine prisoners, were injured in the crash, according to Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye. None of the injuries was life threatening.

The bus, operated by a private company and contracted to move federal prisoners, was traveling west on Interstate 64 about 5:15 a.m. Sunday when the driver lost control, according to Dye. The bus left the road and struck a concrete pillar of the overpass for Illinois 158 near O'Fallon. The bus turned over unto its left side, leaving the occupants trapped inside in the center median of the interstate.

The driver of the bus, prison guard Jose D. Fuentes, was seriously injured in the crash. Fuentes, 29, was taken for treatment at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The other three prison guards were transported to Memorial Hospital in Belleville for treatment.

Five federal inmates were seriously injured and transported to Barnes Hospital. Police are guarding the inmates at the hospital.

Four inmates were treated for injuries and transferred to the St. Clair County Jail. The prisoners at the county jail are awaiting transportation to their original destinations, Dye said. All of the passengers were initially transported to Memorial Hospital or St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.

The bus was traveling from Kentucky to Jefferson City, Mo. Eastbound traffic was closed for about four hours on Interstate 64 following the crash.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, Dye said.

News-Democrat reporter Daniel Kelley contributed to this article.

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