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.