Several injured in N. Carolina mass prison break attempt

Employees injured in attempted prison break in Pasquotank Co.

The incident occurred at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute in Elizabeth City, where fires were set in the prison's sewing plant, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

The Pasquotank Sheriff's Office said they received a call reporting a possible escape of prisoners.

An endeavored escape was accounted for Thursday evening at a northeastern North Carolina state jail.

It wasn't immediately known how many employees were injured.

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According to Peter Sengenberger from Sentara Healthcare, six people were taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Sentara asked that family of the injured avoid the campus.

After school events and athletics at all three schools were cancelled.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution is a high security prison in Elizabeth City with almost 900 male inmates, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Students and staff now at these schools will not be released until we hear further from Emergency Management.

WAVY's Joe Fisher and Matt Gregory will have updates from Elizabeth City.

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