7 Arizona prison workers hurt in traffic accident

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) -- Three Arizona Department of Corrections employees going to work were critically injured and four others also were hurt when their van overturned in a traffic accident in Buckeye.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says the DOC van rolled on its side when struck by a pickup truck which ran a stop sign at an intersection Monday night.

Graves says three of the workers were reported in critical or extremely critical conditions while injuries to the other four were less serious. The Department of Corrections says those four were released after treatment.

The pickup's driver wasn't hurt, and Graves says there's no indication she was impaired.

The accident occurred on State Route 85 as the DOC workers were going to work at the Lewis prison complex in Buckeye.


Corrections Director Issues Statement on Employees Involved in Van Accident Monday Night

Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan issued the following statement regarding the employees injured in a vehicle accident in Buckeye Monday night:

"Shortly after 9 PM Monday night, a Department of Corrections vanpool vehicle transporting seven ADC personnel to their jobs at the Lewis Prison Complex in Buckeye was struck by a civilian vehicle near Highway 85 and Hazen Rd.

The ADC employees were taken to local hospitals.  Four have been discharged; the remaining three will require additional treatment.  I join the entire department in offering our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

In situations such as this, the Department immediately responds with a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) that offers support to those who have been hurt as well as their families.  A CIRT team was dispatched to the scene of the accident shortly after the incident, and will continue to follow-up with those who were injured as well as offer assistance to their loved ones.

On behalf of the Department of Corrections, I want to thank the Buckeye Fire Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety for their rapid response, and for the professional treatment received by the victims of this accident."


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Dept. of Corrections van involved in serious crash

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- A Department of Corrections van was involved in a serious crash Monday night.

It happened in the far southwest Valley in the Buckeye area.

The DOC van collided with another vehicle in the southbound lanes of State Route 85, near Hazen Road.

At least three people were hurt. We're told a chaplain was called to the scene.

News chopper pilot Bruce Haffner flew over the scene at about 10:15 p.m. Monday.