Roof Of Privately-Run Texas Jail Collapses Sending 19 To Hospitals

DIBOLL (July 19, 2014) The roof of the privately-run Diboll Correctional Center collapsed Saturday, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 to nearby hospitals while 10 others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The collapsed happened at around noon Saturday at the correctional center about 10 miles south of Lufkin.

Ceiling wallboard fell from the ceiling of a housing area, Texas prison system spokesman Jason Clark said.

Eighty-four inmates were in the area and many were trapped briefly, Warden David Driskell said.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, he said.

Jail officials were trying to determine what caused the collapse.

The 518-bed minimum-security prison is operated by Centerville, Utah-based Management & Training Corp.