Hunted for the killer who escaped from the Texas bus

Texas officials said Thursday they were looking for a convicted killer who fled a correctional bus, they said, stabbing the driver in the hand and forcing the vehicle off a dairy farm highway.

Authorities sent police dogs and helicopters to search for Artemio Lopez, a 46-year-old prisoner serving a life sentence for killing a man with an ax.

“As you can see from his records, he’s very dangerous,” Robert Hurst, a public information officer with the state Criminal Justice Department, said in a phone interview Thursday night.

The department said several police agencies have joined the search for inmates in rural areas near Centerville, Texas. The city is located between Dallas and Houston.

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