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Van Carrying Prison Parolees Crashes In Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (KRLD) – It was a scene that conjures up thoughts of the movie “The Fugitive”. Monday morning a van with a guard and seven newly freed inmates onboard crashed on Interstate 30 in far west Fort Worth.

The van, carrying inmates just released from the minimum-security Mineral Wells pre-parole prison, blew a tire, rolled and landed on its side.

One parolee described his feelings during the crash. “It’s like being on a roller coaster, or a blender or something, when you start flipping. It’s no seatbelts [in the van]. We’re shackled up. We ain’t got nowhere to go.”

The parolees told KRLD NewsRadio 1080 that it was passersby that helped get them out of the crashed vehicle. “They asked the driver for the keys and they opened up the back. It took a few minutes, but they got us out. Thank God,” explained one crash survivor.

Two of the parolees and the driver were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The other newly freed inmates waited on the side of the road for another van to arrived and take them to the Fort Worth bus station to go home.


One Comment

  1. Amy Moore says:

    Why were they shackled when they were being released from a mimimum security prison? Go figure??!!!

    1. 2sister says:

      I’m not sure, but It’s probably required by law,. We have to remember that they were being released on parole and probably hadn’t completed their full sentences. If someone violates parole, that person can be sent back to prison to serve the rest of their time. I guess it’s possible that people could flee, because they didn’t want to follow the rules of their paroles.

  2. withheld says:

    They are still incarcerated until such times as they arrive at the release destination. I can only assume you have not worked with Convcts!!

    1. 2sister says:

      That makes sense. I was looking at it from the idea that they were on parole and not just being released from prison.

    2. bigboi09 says:

      No, not everyone has worked with convicts. People are so confrontational.

  3. fred says:

    i am sure someone did not want one of these guys to go free today

  4. bigpic says:

    Why are they denied seatbelts; a safety feature use required by state law?

  5. FREEDOM says:


  6. togwoo says:

    Wow, they have been released yet they are still treated like prisoners? Texas Dept of Corrections is a real joke!

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