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6 inmates injured in van crash on Florida highway

No life threatening injuries in accident in private prison van. Guards uninjured.
No life threatening injuries in accident
No life threatening injuries in accident [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Jun. 20, 2021|Updated Jun. 21, 2021

BELLEVIEW — Six inmates were hospitalized after a transport van crashed on a Florida highway, authorities said Sunday.

A box truck rear-ended the van on Interstate 75 near Belleview, southeast of Ocala in Marion County. The van was driven by U.S. Corrections, a private inmate services company, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Six inmates were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. A seventh inmate was not injured. Two guards in the van were also uninjured.

The 41-year-old driver of the box truck was charged with careless driving and failure to provide insurance, the highway patrol said.

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