ATOKA — Two corrections officers and seven inmates were injured after their van was hit by a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning in Atoka County, officials said.
Jerry Massie, spokesman for the state Corrections Department, said the accident happened about 8 a.m. a mile west of Atoka on State Highway 7.
An officer had taken the seven inmates to a work crew assignment. They were on the way back to the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown when the van broke down.
A second officer brought another van. Everyone had gotten into the second vehicle when the wreck happened.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said the van tried to make a U-turn when it pulled in front of the tractor-trailer.
The driver, corrections officer Courtny Allen Reed, 32, and the other officer, Charles Edward Sanders, 43, were taken by helicopter to OU Medical Center. A hospital spokesman did not have information on their conditions.
The inmates were all treated at local hospitals for injuries that were not life threatening. They were: Derrick Lynn Nickell, 32, Eric Dewayne Glenn, 25, Derrick Eugene Hayes, 50, Charles D. Wilkins, 59, Jeremiah Joe Hall, 35, Lonnie Ray Stark, 43, and Brett Alexander Huskins, 37.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jason Gabrial Nash, 31, of Dallas, was treated for minor injuries.
Troopers said Nash was wearing a seat belt. It was not known whether anyone in the van was wearing a seat belt.
The Mack Alford Correctional Center houses both minimum- and medium-security inmates and has a capacity of 805.