Ceiling collapse at East Texas prison injures inmates

 Nineteen inmates at a East Texas prison were hurt when a suspended ceiling collapsed on them.

The incident happened in the dayroom of the Diboll Correctional Center, which is in Angelina County about ten miles south of Lufkin.

The facility is a privately run prison by the Utah-based Management & Training Corporation.

Prison officials say there were 87 inmates in the day room when the ceiling fell.
Seven of the injured prisoners were returned to Diboll. That leaves 12 still hospitalized. One had to be flown to a hospital in Houston, but authorities say most of the other injuries are bruises and scrapes.

Authorities are still trying to figure out what caused the collapse, but they have not ruled out the weather.  They say heavy rain in Diboll the past couple of days could have played a factor.

Major Kent Montgomery tells us the prison was built in 1995 and he says they haven't had any other problem like this before. He says they will be checking ceilings in all the other wings to be sure they don't have a similar problem anywhere else.


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