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8 inmates injured in prison transport van crash


Repeated calls to 911 lead to drug charges

A man who called 911 three times has been arrested on drug charges in the Florida Keys.

A Monroe County Sheriff's Office report says 51-year-old Thomas Ecker called 911 three times early Sunday morning to complain of chest pains, but he hung up abruptly after each call.

Two deputies responded to the area and reported seeing Ecker throw a plastic bag with cocaine in the grass. The report also says deputies found marijuana on him.

Ecker denied calling 911, but his cellphone rang when the deputies called the number back.

Ecker was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and misuse of 911. Jail records show he's being held without bond. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.


Eight inmates injured in prison van crash

Eight inmates are being treated for various injuries at the hospital after the private prison transport van they were riding in crashed in north central Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that all eight inmates in the transport van were taken to the hospital with minor or serious injuries.

The crashed happened early Sunday morning on Interstate 10 in Suwannee County when a driver struck the van head-on. The driver of the van suffered minor injuries and the front passengers was critically injured.

Troopers say the van was carrying eight prisoners at the time.


Car hits ambulance, sending 5 to hospital

Five people were treated with minor injuries after a car hit an ambulance on its way to an emergency in Pensacola. A child who was watching ran into the street and was hit by a car, but was not taken to the hospital.

The Pensacola News Journal reports 21-year-old Rafael City was driving to church Saturday evening with five passengers when he crossed an intersection. He said he didn't see the ambulance coming his way because a truck was blocking his view.

No one in the ambulance was hurt. Five people in the car were taken to the hospital. Another ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

Times wires

8 inmates injured in prison transport van crash 02/05/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 5, 2012 10:58pm]
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