Ceiling falls in Texas prison, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and injuring 19

The Associated Press
July 19, 2014 12:44 PM

A Lufkin Fire Department ambulance leaves the gates of the Diboll Correctional Facility carrying injured on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Diboll, Texas. Authorities say the roof of the privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates. Warden David Driskell says 84 inmates were in the area and many were trapped briefly. Diboll police Sgt. Brandan Lovell says 20 inmates were injured, with 10 taken to hospitals. Driskell said the others were treated at the scene for minor injuries and none appeared life-threatening. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Rhonda Oaks) MANDATORY CREDIT

DIBOLL, Texas - Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals..

One of those inmates was later airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after the Saturday collapse at Diboll Correctional Center, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) northeast of Houston. Neither his identity nor his condition has been released.

In a statement, a prison spokesman said the other inmates suffered cuts and bruises when wallboard fell from the ceiling of a housing area at the prison about 11:30 a.m.

Spokesman Issa Arnita said 86 inmates were in the area when the ceiling material fell. He said officials are trying to determine the cause.

The 518-bed minimum-security facility is operated by Centerville, Utah-based Management & Training Corp.


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