Guard, inmate dead in Colo. prison van crash

AP News
Posted: Dec 19, 2011 11:03 PM
Guard, inmate dead in Colo. prison van crash

The Colorado State Patrol says a guard and an inmate have died after a prison van lost control on an icy highway.

The van was pulling a trailer when it rolled over Monday on Interstate 70 about five miles east of Limon. Nine inmates and two Corrections Corporation of America employees were in the vehicle.

Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA says the van was one of two taking inmates from the private company's Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington to the Limon Correctional Facility.

Survivors were taken to hospitals with moderate to serious injuries. Troopers say the female guard driving the van was the only person wearing a seatbelt. She died at the scene.

There was freezing drizzle near Limon at the time. CCA said high winds may have contributed to the accident.