At­tempted prison break in­jures at least 14 peo­ple

Times Colonist - - Canada / World -

EL­IZ­A­BETH CITY, North Carolina — An at­tempted break­out by in­mates from a North Carolina prison sent at least 14 peo­ple to hospi­tals Thurs­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

The dis­tur­bance in­volved fires set in the prison’s sewing plant, the state Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety posted on its Twit­ter ac­count. A spokesman for the state prison sys­tem said he couldn’t pro­vide im­me­di­ate de­tails of what had hap­pened, how many sought to es­cape or how many were in­jured over­all.

But state cor­rec­tion au­thor­i­ties said the in­jured in­cluded sev­eral em­ploy­ees at the prison, the Pasquotank Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in El­iz­a­beth City, near the coast. The ex­tent of those in­juries wasn’t dis­closed.

No in­mates man­aged to clam­ber beyond the prison walls, state prison spokesman Keith Acree said.

Sen­tara Albe­marle Med­i­cal Cen­ter in El­iz­a­beth City re­ceived nine peo­ple re­quir­ing treat­ment, hospi­tal spokesman Peter Sen­gen­berger said. He said two of those pa­tients were trans­ferred and five other pa­tients were be­ing taken to a sis­ter hospi­tal 80 kilo­me­tres to the north in Nor­folk, Vir­ginia.

The prison can house nearly 900 adult, male felons in both high-se­cu­rity and min­i­mum­cus­tody build­ings, but the in­mate pop­u­la­tion on Thurs­day was 729, the state cor­rec­tion agency said. Min­i­mum-se­cu­rity pris­on­ers work out­side the walls on road gangs for the county re­cy­cling depart­ment and per­form other com­mu­nity labour.

The pub­lic school district locked doors at three nearby schools af­ter get­ting word about 3:30 p.m. EDT of the es­cape at­tempt. The no­tice came as stu­dents at one of the fa­cil­i­ties, Pasquotank High School, were about to be re­leased for the day and af­ter dis­missal times for the ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools.

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