WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) - Eight inmates being transported from by a private prison company escaped in Oklahoma when their guards stopped to take at least one prisoner into a hospital. Two prisoners were at large Tuesday afternoon.
Weatherford Police Chief Byron Cox said one or two of the inmates had fallen ill. He said he wasn't sure if the keys were left inside the van or how the inmates were able to take control of it.
Cox said the inmates stopped a mile down the road and that two ran away. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said officers recovered a shotgun that had been inside the vehicle.
Cox said the inmates were from the western and northern United States and were being returned to various police agencies. The prison company is based in Tennessee.
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