Baltimore prison inmates, correctional officer injured in van crash

BALTIMORE - A correctional officer and six prison inmates were injured in a car crash in Baltimore Tuesday, according to a release from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service.

The inmates were being shuttled from the Baltimore City Correctional Center on Greenmount Avenue when the van collided with another car.

Baltimore police are investigating the crash.

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One of the inmates suffered contusions and had to be taken to Shock Trauma for treatment, according to the release. Two of other inmates were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. One suffered a broken leg, and the other inmate was treated for lacerations.

The other inmates in the van suffered less serious cuts and bruises and were taken to a nearby hospital 

“We're very thankful that nobody was seriously injured,” Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service, wrote in the release.

The correctional officer driving the van was taken to Mercy Medical Center with injuries sustained from the van’s airbag.

The van was about two minutes away from the center when it was sent into a Latrobe Homes building at the corner of Harford and Eager streets. The building suffered minor damage, according to the release.

The inmates were part of a Public Safety Works crew assigned to a Baltimore park.

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