Vehicles Crash en Route to Jail

By Kim Centazzo

Two Loudoun County Correctional Department vans were involved in an accident with a logging truck in Albermarle County Thursday, Jan. 27.

ÒThe accident is still under investigation,Ó said Loudoun County SheriffÕs OfficeÕs Kraig Troxell. ÒNo determination has been made by Albermarle County police.Ó

Twelve inmates and three sheriffÕs deputies were hospitalized and released Thursday. Three inmates were admitted for serious injuries.

ÒTwo of three inmates were released from the hospital this weekend,Ó Troxell said. ÒThe third inmate is expected to be released possibly as early as today [Tuesday].Ó

The vans were transporting the inmates to Lynchburg, Va., so they could be housed at the Blue Ridge Correctional Facility since the Loudoun Adult Detention Center is at capacity. The facility in Leesburg has a maximum capacity of 118; on average the Sheriff's Office is responsible for an inmate population of more than 300. Inmates are routinely transported to be housed at the Peumansend Creek Regional Jail in Bowling Green, Va., the Charlotte County Jail in Charlotte Courthouse, Va., or the Blue Ridge Correctional Facility to avoid overcrowding at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center.

The inmates in custody are now back at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center.