Video: 2 Texas deputies, 6 inmates safe after crash causes van to burst into flames

The collision occurred when a pickup truck driver ran a red light and T-boned the van


By Samantha Ketterer
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — Two deputies and six inmates escaped a prisoner van before it caught fire in downtown Houston on Monday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire started before noon, after a pickup truck driver ran a red light and T-boned the van at Jackson and Commerce, deputies said.

A video taken by a lieutenant at the scene showed the van stopped in the intersection with a bright orange fire blazing out of the windows.

All of the deputies and inmates in the van were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“We're grateful no lives were lost,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet. “Thank you to our colleagues at @HoustonFire.”

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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