Injuries reported when prisoner van turns over on I-40

April 20, 2022 GMT

WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) — A private jail transport van carrying six inmates on Interstate 40 in Tennessee turned over Wednesday, and some injuries were reported, a highway patrol spokesperson said.

One inmate and one CoreCivic staff member were flown to nearby hospitals, while another staff member and three inmates were taken by emergency medical services to hospitals, said Ryan Gustin, CoreCivic spokesperson. The other two inmates were taken to a correctional facility for medical evaluation, Gustin said.

The van was traveling from Nashville to Hardeman County, said Lt. Bill Miller of the Highway Patrol.

The van was carrying inmates from the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Whiteville, Gustin said.

The wreck happened around 12:15 p.m. near Waverly, about 70 miles west of Nashville. Westbound lanes were closed for a time but began reopening in the afternoon, said Rebekah Hammonds of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.