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Six people taken to hospital after attempted prison escape in NC

13 October 2017

Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Elizabeth City.

Police are responding to an escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution that left several prison employees injured.

Elizabeth City's Sentara Albemarle Medical Center received six people requiring treatment, hospital spokesman Peter Sengenberger said.

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Three area schools were briefly placed on lockdown.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools told the station an elementary, middle and high school were placed on lockdown after an incident at a nearby jail, but the lockdown was later lifted. Authorities say an inmate there set a fire in a trash can, then beat Callahan with the fire extinguisher that she had brought to douse the flames.

Located in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the prisoners set fire to the prison's sewing plant to distract prison guards on the scene.

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Students were dismissed, but those who ride the bus are required to have a parent be home when the bus arrives or they will be taken back to the school.

It wasn't immediately known how many employees were injured.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution is a high security prison in Elizabeth City with almost 900 male inmates, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Elizabeth City is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Norfolk, Virginia, and near North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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Six people taken to hospital after attempted prison escape in NC