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6 injured in prisoner transport van crash on I-75, troopers say

Mile Marker 339 is near the Ocala Weight Station along I75 in Marion County.
Mile Marker 339 is near the Ocala Weight Station along I75 in Marion County. (News4Jax)

Six inmates suffered minor injuries in a crash Sunday morning in Marion County that involved a U.S. Corrections prisoner transport van, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

According to Highway Patrol, a box truck was traveling behind the van in the outside lane of northbound Interstate 75 about 2:15 a.m. when it began to move into the center lane and rear-ended the van. Troopers said the collision caused the van to go off the road and into a ditch on the east shoulder.

Troopers said there were seven inmates traveling in the van, six of whom suffered minor injuries. According to FHP, the six were taken to AdventHealth with non-life-threatening injuries.

The seventh inmate and two guards in the van were not injured, troopers said.

The driver of the box truck was unhurt, troopers said. According to FHP, he is charged with careless driving and failure to provide insurance.


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