Fire Extinguisher Powder Discharge Causes JCSO Van Incident on Route 37 Tuesday

JEFFERSON COUNTY — An incident early Tuesday morning on Route 37 in Jefferson County required inmates riding in a prisoner transport van to be moved to another van to complete their move.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Clint Taylor, around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a JCSO transport van carrying two correctional officers and three inmates had to move the inmates to another van while on Route 37 near Idlewood.

Taylor explained the vans have two sections in back — one for carrying inmates and one for carrying their personal property — and that some of the personal property in the second compartment shifted and hit a fire extinguisher, causing it to discharge powder all over the inside of the van. He said the van pulled over and the inmates and their property were moved to a second van that completed the transport.

Mount Vernon police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, and the Jefferson Fire Protection responded to the scene. There were no injuries reported and the inmates were ultimately transported in a different vehicle.

While heading to the scene, firefighters reportedly witnessed a two-vehicle crash on Route 37 at Linnview.

Mt. Vernon PD was dispatched to that scene. No injuries were reported in that incident.