Inmate Chris Sampson Sues Prison Van Company For Kalamazoo Crash

A Detroit native who was among multiple inmates injured when a prison transport vehicle crashed near Battle Creek in January has filed suit against a for-profit extradition company.

Chris Sampson, 26, has filed personal injury claims against U.S Corrections, a private corporation tasked with operating the transport van Jan. 21. Details, including the amount of damages being sought, weren’t immediately available.

Sampson was being transported from a jail in Pontiac to the Will County Adult Detention Center in Joliet, Ill., to face charges in that state. According to a crash report released by the State of Michigan, traffic in front of the van began to slow, but the van failed to slow in time.

The van struck the rear of a pickup truck, causing a serious crash. Sampson was one of several inmates who sustained significant injuries in the crash, according to multiple local media reports.

The occupants of the pickup truck were not injured in the crash.

According to Will County, Ill., court records, Sampson faces two felony burglary charges related to an incident that occurred Oct. 9 in Joliet. Local media outlets reported that Sampson is one of two people who broke into a jewelry store.

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