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Officer, 7 Inmates Injured In Florida Van Crash

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) - A correctional officer and seven
inmates have all been released from hospitals after a prison van
crashed on a Florida Panhandle bridge.

The van was pulling a trailer loaded with gym weights across the
U.S. 98 bridge over Apalachicola Bay when it turned over on its
left side Monday.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the weight of the trailer
caused it to bounce and weave, resulting in the accident.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said the
inmates were helping move items from one school to another. She
said the officer, who was driving the van, and the inmates were
released from hospitals in Apalachicola and Tallahassee Monday
night.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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