Inmates were not in federal custody in I-64 crash, officials say

News-DemocratDecember 16, 2013 

Inmates injured in a bus crash Sunday morning near O'Fallon were not in federal custody.

Karen Simons, chief deputy U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois, said Sunday that none of the inmates injured in Sunday's bus crash on Interstate 64 near Belleville were under federal custody.

Illinois State Police had said on Sunday morning that the bus carried nine federal prisoners who were being transferred from Kentucky to Jefferson City, Mo.

Kent Wood, one of the owners of Prisoner Transport of America based in Nashville, Tenn., declined to comment.

"It's a fluid situation right now," Wood said. "Once we gather all the facts we may release at statement at that point."

Wood declined to elaborate on the condition of his employees or the inmates that were being transported.

Prisoner Transport of America is that nation's largest prisoner extradition company and the largest international transporter of inmates, according to their website. They operate a nationwide transport system, moving prisoners by air and bus, the website stated.

The crash happened about 5:15 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 64 when the bus driver lost control and crashed into a concrete pillar of the overpass for Illinois 158. The bus turned over onto its left side, leaving the occupants trapped inside in the center median of the interstate.

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service