16 Orleans prisoners, two East Carroll officers on bus involved in accident

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sixteen New Orleans inmates being brought back to the city from a north Louisiana jail were aboard a bus involved in a morning accident.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Thursday morning on Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish, northwest of New Orleans. Two correctional officers from East Carroll Parish also were aboard.

The Sheriff's Office news release says no inmate or officer required hospitalization but a medical team was standing by in New Orleans to examine them upon their arrival.

East Carroll Parish, in northeast Louisiana on the Arkansas line, is holding hundreds of prisoners for New Orleans. Officials in New Orleans transferred prisoners there to reduce the local jail population amid efforts to beef up and train jail staffers while implementing court-ordered reforms.

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4/6/2017 12:13:45 PM (GMT -5:00)