Alejandro Martinez-Cabrera and Mary Huber
7:20 p.m. update: A Lake Travis fire truck driver on Wednesday afternoon suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness, causing him to veer into oncoming traffic and resulting in a fiery crash that sent nine people to the hospital, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The crash happened at around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday on RM 620 north of Comanche Trail in western Travis County.
DPS troopers say the fire truck owned by Lake Travis Fire Rescue was traveling south on RM 620 when its driver had a medical emergency and lost consciousness.
The fire truck veered into the northbound lanes of traffic and struck five other vehicles before it rolled and landed in a bar ditch, DPS said.
One of the vehicle’s drivers was airlifted to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries, officials said. The fire truck driver is in serious condition due to the medical emergency, DPS said.
Five other people were hospitalized with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening and two others were struck by debris that flew from the fire truck, officials said.
5:45 p.m. update: Two of the four Lake Travis firefighters who sustained minor injuries in an earlier crash between a fire truck and five other vehicles have been released from the hospital, officials said.
FIRST LOOK FROM THE SCENE: Austin fire, EMS crews responding to multi-vehicle accident with rescue/fire in far NW Austin near #LakeTravis. (Images/Shelley Kliefoth) https://t.co/txj41dIg2D pic.twitter.com/E3tf3fcxPw
— Spectrum News Austin (@SpecNewsATX) May 16, 2018
Lake Travis Fire Rescue said one other firefighter is still at Round Rock Medical Center but is expected to be released within the hour. The fourth firefighter is undergoing additional testing and will spend the night at the hospital, the department said.
EMS officials said a total of 10 people were hospitalized after the crash that happened at RM 620 and Comanche Trail in western Travis County. Two of the victims have serious and possibly life-threatening injuries, they said.
4:55 p.m. update: Texas Department of Safety officials say the RM 620 crash near Lake Travis involved a Lake Travis Fire/Rescue truck and a total of seven other vehicles.
3:50 p.m. update: A total of 12 people, including four Lake Travis Fire/Rescue firefighters, were involved in a crash between a fire truck and five other vehicles on RM 620, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said Wednesday afternoon.
Two of the victims have serious, possibly life-threatening injuries, officials said. Eight others had non-life threatening injuries. The remaining two refused treatment, EMS said.
Update Vehicle Rescue FM 620 and Comanche Trail. 5 cars and Firetruck from Lake Travis Fire/Rescue involved in collision. FM 620
Blocked all directions. Expect VERY major delays see @ATCEMS for patient information pic.twitter.com/sCerNst6Bm
— Austin Fire Info (@AustinFireInfo) May 16, 2018
RM 620 at Comanche Trail will remain closed for 3 to 4 more hours while crews clear the wreckage, Texas Department of Transportation officials said.
3 p.m. update: Four firefighters and four other people were injured Wednesday afternoon in a crash involving a fire truck and five other vehicles near Lake Travis, officials said.
Austin-Travis County EMS ambulances and a STAR Flight helicopter transported six men and two women, EMS said.
Two of the victims have serious, possibly life-threatening injuries, officials said. The other six had non-life threatening injuries.
Lake Travis Fire/Rescue officials confirmed four of the people injured in the crash were firefighters with the department. Their injuries are unknown, officials said.
Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash, officials said.
Earlier: Medics are treating several people after a crash involving a fire truck and five other vehicles near Lake Travis, officials said Wednesday afternoon.
Medics responded at about 1:49 p.m. to a call for a vehicle rescue at the 5900 block of North RM 620, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.
The incident started when a Lake Travis Fire/Rescue truck rolled over on the road and struck other vehicles near Comanche Trail, Austin police and fire officials said.
It was immediately unclear how many people were injured but EMS said medics had issued trauma alerts for at least two people.
RM 620 has been shut down in both directions at FM 2222 through Quinlan Park Road. Northbound traffic is been redirected south, police said. Drivers should expect delays in the area and seek alternative routes, officials said.
This is a developing story; check back for details.
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