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Two Inmates Killed, 13 People Hurt in Wreck

May 26, 1986

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ A prison van returning from an inmate ball game collided with a car and rolled three times, killing two inmates and injuring 14 other people, four seriously, authorities said.

Sixteen inmates and their driver, a guard, were in the van Sunday night, said Martha Earnhardt, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Public Safety.

The van was returning to the Red Eagle Honor Farm from a softball game at Staton Prison, a medium-security prison in Elmore County, when it collided with a Volkswagen Beetle, state troopers said.

Linda Strickland, a nursing supervisor at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Montgomery, said eight people were admitted to the hospital and five were treated and released. In addition, the driver of the Volkswagen, 21-year-old Julie Rutland, suffered minor cuts.

Two of those hospitalized were in critical condition and two more were listed in serious condition, Ms Strickland said, while the other four people admitted suffered less severe injuries.

Ms. Rutland said she was attempting to turn left into her driveway when the van tried to pass and clipped her car.

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