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4 federal prisoners hurt in van crash in Maryland

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say four federal prisoners were taken to a hospital after the van in which they were riding was involved in a three-vehicle pileup near Frederick.

Sgt. Dale Smith said Wednesday that none of their injuries was life-threatening.

Cpl. Kenneth Shilling told The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/2mc1OGu ) that the federal government van was rear-ended Monday morning on northbound U.S. 15 after it braked suddenly to avoid hitting a stopped vehicle ahead. Shilling says the collision forced the van to hit the stopped vehicle.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which often transports federal prisoners, did not immediately return a call Wednesday to its Maryland district office in Baltimore.

The accident happened about 2 miles north of Frederick.

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