Authorities were searching Friday for a Texas prisoner serving life for murder who escaped from a bus after stabbing the driver.
Gonzalo Lopez, 46, escaped custody Thursday after overrunning the driver with non-life-threatening injuries, Texas Criminal Justice Chief of Staff Jason Clark said.
Lopez was convicted in 2006 of killing a man on the Texas-Mexico border.
Lopez escaped in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston. Classes in the nearby Centerville Independent School District were canceled Friday as a precaution.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said several agencies were involved in the search, including the Texas Department of Public Safety plane.
Clark said there were 16 prisoners on the bus, but no one else escaped.
Leon County, with about 16,000 residents, is located about 50 miles north of the state’s prison headquarters.
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