Three federal prisoners were taken to the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon after their transport vehicle was involved in a collision. The prisoners were being transported by TransCor America LLC, a private detainee/prisoner transportation company based in Nashville, Tenn.
The prisoners, Jesus Rodriguez, 43, David Alan Swan, 36, and Raul Flores Lopez, 20, were being transported from Florence to the Federal Corrections Institute-Safford when their Ford van was struck from behind by a 2007 3/4-ton Ford truck driven by Timathie Smith, 45, of Safford. According to a Safford Police report, Smith allegedly told officers that her foot slipped off the brake pedal and she bumped into the transport van. Smith and her passenger were not injured and no citation was issued.
The collision occurred as the transport company and Smith both sat eastbound on Highway 70 at the traffic light on 20th Avenue, according to TransCor Trip Management Dispatcher Marisol Arcee. A fourth prisoner, Cesar Antonio Maytorena-Velasco, 30, was not injured and was taken from the scene to the FCI-Safford. None of TransCor's staff was injured in the collision, and there was no visible damage to either vehicle.
Deputies and corrections officers from the Graham County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene along with officers from the Graham County Probation Department and Safford Police Department. The officers helped provide security and cordoned off the scene as the prisoners were transported to the hospital. Graham County deputies remained at the hospital to provide extra security during the prisoners' treatment.
One of the prisoners, Rodriguez, is classified as a high-risk inmate, and officers took special care to surround his gurney as he was strapped in and placed inside a Southwest Ambulance. The prisoners were treated at the hospital and released.