Posted BY: Biilly M| NwoReport
A Texas prisoner serving a life sentence for capital murder escaped from a transport bus on Thursday after stabbing the driver, setting off a search in a rural county between Dallas and Houston.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were searching an area off I-45 in Leon County for Gonzalo Lopez, 46, who was convicted in 2005 of killing another man along the Texas-Mexico border.
There were 16 prisoners aboard the bus but no one else escaped, said Jason Clark, chief of staff for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
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He said that Lopez first overpowered the driver, a correctional officer, and stabbed him in the hand but that it was unclear whether Lopez gained control of the bus or whether it just went off the road.
The injuries to the driver are not considered life-threatening, Clark said. Lopez was travelling from Gatesville to Huntsville inmate for a medical appointment, according to KWTX.
There were two other armed officers on the bus, other than the driver, the local news outlet added. One of them was reportedly in the front while the other was in the in the back.