COAL TOWNSHIP - A male correctional officer at SCI-Coal Township underwent emergency room treatment at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital after suffering a neck wound inflicted by an inmate Sunday morning in the recreation yard.

Superintendent's assistant Trisha Kelley said the incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. She said the victim was transported to the local hospital for treatment and released.

A report provided to The News-Item indicated the officer was stabbed in the neck several times, but Kelley said the incident reportedly was not a stabbing, although it did involve a weapon.

According to state prison policy, Kelley said she couldn't identify the victim or inmate at this point of the investigation. She said the accused has been transferred to another state correctional institution.

No charges have been filed yet because state police at Stonington are continuing their investigation.