1 dead, 3 critical in prisoner van crash

September 6, 2009 7:27:03 PM PDT
Police say a driver of a prisoner van has been killed and several others were injured, three critically, after the van carrying 12 people drove off an interstate embankment. Hattiesburg police spokesman Synarus Green says the van plunged off Interstate 59 and overturned Sunday morning. Authorities say the van's driver was pronounced dead at the scene and a guard and two prisoners were critically injured.

Authorities say another guard and six other prisoners remained hospitalized with injuries but one other prisoner has already been treated and released to a jail. Conditions of the injured were not immediately disclosed.

Green says all 12 van occupants had to be cut from the wreckage.

Police had no immediate identification of those involved.