Prisoners injured when van struck in LaOtto
Two Department of Correction officers and six prisoners were injured, including one with a broken back, when the van they were in was struck Thursday in LaOtto.
At 2:54 p.m., a Columbia City woman driving a Ford F350 that had been southbound on Indiana 3 turned left at the intersection with Indiana 205 and drove into the path of the transport van, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department news release.
The private transport van, a Dodge Ram 3500 owned by U.S. Corrections, had been northbound on Indiana 3 and went off the road, struck a utility pole and landed in a ditch.
The prisoners were trapped in a caged area until firefighters could free them, according to the release. One prisoner, Luis Guzman Calderon, 28, of Cleveland, was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital with a broken back. The officer who was driving the van, Albert McDaniel, 46, of Florida, suffered a broken leg, and another officer, Luis Feliciano, 47, of Florida, suffered broken ribs and a broken clavicle. They and the rest of the prisoners, who were all from different states, were taken by EMS to a hospital for treatment and either released or listed in stable condition, according to the release.