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Houtzdale state prison employee injured in inmate assault, DOC says

A Houtzdale state prison employee was injured Thursday when assaulted by an inmate, requiring outside medical attention, a Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed.
A Houtzdale state prison employee was injured Thursday when assaulted by an inmate, requiring outside medical attention, a Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed. Centre Daily Times, file

A Houtzdale state prison employee was assaulted by an inmate Thursday evening and required outside medical attention, a state Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed.

EMS responded to the prison at 209 Institution Drive in Woodward Township, Clearfield County, at about 7 p.m., according to 911 dispatch reports. A medical helicopter was also called and a landing zone set up.

The employee was seriously injured, but is in stable condition, a DOC spokesperson said.

Just one inmate was involved in the incident, and no other staff members were involved or injured, the department said in a release. The inmate involved was transferred to another facility.

Superintendent Barry Smith announced that the housing unit pod, where the incident occurred, would be on lockdown while the investigation continues.

“SCI Houtzdale and the DOC take assaults seriously and will work to determine how it happened and how we can work to prevent it in the future,” the release said.

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