Inmates Commended for Helping at Accident Scene

Inmates Commended for Helping at Accident Scene

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah prison officials are commending a group of inmates for their actions after a truck crash.

A work crew from the prison was on its way to a job near Dugway Proving Ground in Tooele a couple weeks ago, when a truck lost its brakes going down a hill. The truck flipped over, injuring two prisoner who were riding in back.

Some inmates from another vehicle ran to help the injured, while others checked the wrecked truck to make sure no fuel was leaking and no electrical wires were sparking.

The crew's supervisor went down the canyon to use a cell phone to call for help. The group of inmates stayed with their injured co-workers and helped direct traffic.

The injured inmates were taken to Tooele Valley Hospital. One was released the same day, and the other was released a few days later after surgery.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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