Last of victims of Texas prison bus crash released from hospitals

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COMANCHE COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) The last two victims of a crash involving a Texas prison bus and a pickup driven by a Central Texas woman have been released from hospitals.

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The two, an inmate and a correctional officer, were released from hospitals late Saturday, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said.

Kalyn Rae Brymer, 24, of Thorndale died when her pickup truck and the prison bus collided at around 8 a.m. Friday at a rural intersection east of Gustine in Comanche County, sending 31 inmates and two correctional officers to medical facilities.

Two of the injured inmates were treated at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

In all, 21 of the inmates were taken to hospitals and the other 10 were taken to an infirmary at an unspecified prison unit in Gatesville, Texas prison spokesman Robert Hurst said.

Five of the most seriously injured inmates were flown from the scene.

The correctional officers, one of whom was driving the bus, were also taken to medical facilities, Hurst said, but he had no further details.

The bus was bound from Abilene to Huntsville at the time of the accident

Brymer was driving south on FM 1702 when she failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled into the path of the eastbound bus, the Department of Public Safety said.

The bus hit the truck, spun several times, and overturned, coming to rest on its side, officers said.

The pickup ended up in a field on the side of the road.

Brymer died at the scene.

None of the guards’ or inmates’ injuries was believed to be life-threatening, Hurst said.

The crash was the second involving a state prison bus in a little more than a year.

Two guards and eight inmates died on Jan. 14, 2015 when a Texas prison bus hit an icy patch on an Interstate 20 overpass in Penwell, just west of Odessa, slid, down an embankment and collided with a passing freight train.

Another guard and three other inmates were seriously injured.