By Daniel Curtis - bio | email
Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) - Authorities have released the name of the inmate killed and the correctional officer injured when the transport van they were in collided with a gravel truck and another car.
39 year old Terry Lamar Irvin was en route from Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery.
"He was already serving time for another charge and as being brought back to Houston County for arraignment of a robbery first degree charge," said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.
Correctional Officer Michael Shelley was driving the prisoner transport van.
"This is something we do on a weekly basis or even several times a week," said Hughes.
But that routine drive was interrupted at an East Montgomery intersection when the van was struck by a large gravel truck.
Inmate Irvin died on impact. The truck driver was hospitalized and, Officer Shelley was rushed to Baptist East Hospital for treatment.
State troopers at the scene worked to determine how the wreck happened that information will be shared with Houston County.
"We always have a post accident board to meet and take a look at the accident and what we're doing now is waiting on the Department of Public Safety to finish their investigation," said Hughes.
At first Houston County authorities thought Officer Shelly was seriously injured, but that was not the case.
He was released from the hospital Wednesday morning and is back home in Dothan.
The Sheriff says Shelly will be on medical leave as he continues to recover.