Five vehicles, including a Department of Corrections bus, got banged up after a chain-reaction crash Monday morning on Interstate 25 near downtown Colorado Springs.
The crash, involving the bus carrying 13 inmates, began when a truck apparently hit a dog near the median just north the Cimarron Street interchange, Sgt. Mark Chacon of the Colorado Springs police said.
A semi crashed into the truck and the prison bus struck the semi, Chacon said. Two other vehicles collided trying to avoid the wreck and all but one of the northbound lanes of I-25 were closed for much of the morning.
Officers sped to the area concerned about the inmates and the potential for escape.
"We had to make sure the inmates were secure," Chacon said while waiting for a empty DOC bus to arrive. "We made sure we had enough staff and there's not a flight risk at this time."
Armed Department of Corrections Officers patrolled the area around the bus until the inmates were moved to the other transport vehicle shortly after 11 a.m.
There were no serious injuries, but DOC spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti said officers and one inmate on the bus were treated for minor injuries.
The bus left Cañon City on Monday morning headed for the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, where five of the inmates were set to be released from prison, according to Sanguinetti. Others were either going to court or being moved to other facilities.
Four DOC officers were on the bus, which sustained heavy damage to the driver's side front quarter panel.
Gretchen Pressley of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region said a civilian brought the dog to the Humane Society office on Abbott Lane. The yellow labrador retriever mix was dead when it arrived.
Pressley said the animal appeared to be about 4-years-old but didn't have tags or an ID microchip. Anyone missing a yellow lab mix can call the Humane Society at 473-1741 for more information.