Inmate, ex-inmate file suit in prison van collision

By Thomas Wilson

   One current inmate and one former inmate of the Northeast Correctional Center in Mountain City have sued the widower of a woman whose vehicle struck a Tennessee Department of Corrections van filled with inmates in April.
   Filed in Carter County Circuit Court by attorney W. Holt Smith of Madisonville, the suit names Freddie Boone, and his wife, the late Wanda J. Boone, as defendants.
   The lawsuit alleges Boone was negligent in the operation of her vehicle when it collided head-on with a van filled with prisoners for the Carter County Work Camp in April.
   The complaint names Kenneth Wayne Osborne, an inmate at Northeast Correctional, and Carlton Taylor, a former inmate now listed as residing in Chattanooga, as plaintiffs.
   According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, Boone was traveling south on Highway 19E when her car veered across the highway into the opposite emergency lane, then struck a guard rail and hit a northbound van transporting prisoners incarcerated at the Work Camp.
   Taylor and Osborne were two of nine inmates and one prison guard who were occupants of the TDOC van. Wanda Boone was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
   The lawsuit states Taylor sustained injuries including a broken left leg. Osborne suffered contusions and abrasions of the left leg and ankle as well as abrasions to the face.
   The suit demands judgment against the defendant to both plaintiffs in an appropriate amount set by the judge.