Officials release names of people killed, injured in prison bus accident
Provided by Texas Department of Criminal Justice
On Wednesday, January 14th, at approximately 7:30 am, a transport bus traveling from the Middleton Unit in Abilene to the Sanchez Unit in El Paso was involved in an accident.
Preliminary information is the vehicle left the roadway near mile marker 100 on Interstate 20 and collided with a train. 2 correctional officers and 8 offenders have died from injuries sustained in the accident. 1 staff member and 4 offenders have been transported to the Medical Center in Odessa and are receiving medical treatment. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
"It's with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident. Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers," said Brad Livingston, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
"Today we pause and reflect on the lives of those tragically lost in the accident this morning," said Oliver Bell, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. "We also hope for a swift recovery for those injured and thank the law-enforcement and medical professionals for their response this morning."
The agency has notified all of the next of kin for those involved in the accident. Below is information on the deceased and injured.
Correctional Officer 5 Christopher Davis is deceased. The 53 year old had 205 months of service with the agency.
Correctional Officer 5 Eligio Garcia is deceased. The 45 year old had 275 months of service with the agency.
Correctional Officer 5 Jason Self has been transferred to University Medical Center in Lubbock. He is in critical condition. The 38 year old has 222 months of service with the agency.
34 year old offender Bryon Wilson is deceased.
29 year old offender Tyler Townsend is deceased.
44 year old offender Jesus Reyna is deceased.
22 year old offender Kaleb Wise is deceased.
32 year old offender Adolfo Ruiz is deceased.
25 year old offender Michael Stewart is deceased.
31 year old offender Angel Vasquez is deceased.
35 year old offender Jeremiah Rodriguez is deceased.
22 year old offender Terry Johnson is at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He is in critical condition.
34 year old offender Remigio Pineda is at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He is in serious condition.
22 year old offender Damien Rodriguez is Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He is in critical condition.
37 year old Hector Rivera is Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He is in serious condition.