You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

EMS responds to 147 calls in downtown Austin for SXSW


CENTRAL AUSTIN

EMS responds to 147 calls for SXSW

For its fifth year running, Austin-Travis County EMS has turned downtown Austin into its own mini-city during the South by Southwest musical festival, setting up special stations and protocols to respond to emergency situations in the festival’s most music-popping districts.

This year, between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Saturday, medics responded to a total of 147 incidents in the areas between First and Seventh Streets, Lavaca Street and Interstate 35, East Fifth and Sixth streets and the Rainey Street district. They received the most calls — a total of 51 — on Friday night, which was St. Patrick’s Day and also the first weekend night of the music festival.

Most incidents were reported in the Sixth Street area, between Brazos Street and Interstate 35, data shows.

According to EMS Commander Mike Benavides, the downtown music districts were “geofenced,” meaning officials set up an electronic grid to automatically route emergency calls from those areas to a special dispatcher in the city’s Event Operations Center.

It’s a way to keep the city’s day-to-day resources on hand for city residents while employing separate resources for festival-related incidents, he said.

Officials manually turn on the geofence between 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, then manually shut it off early Sunday morning. It’s the fifth year EMS has used the special system.

Last year, there were 151 reported medical incidents during SXSW.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman

SOUTHEAST AUSTIN

Crash leaves one injured

A teenager was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when she was partially thrown from her car and then pinned beneath as it crashed down an embankment near McKinney Falls State Park.

Her injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services spokesman Michael Benavides said. She was taken to the South Austin Medical Center for treatment.

Benavides declined to provide anymore information about the victim to protect her privacy.

Emergency responders were called to the scene at the 5800 block of McKinney Falls Parkway to respond to a pin-in accident, shortly after 5:15pm. The victim was partially ejected from her car as went off the road and and then pinned beneath it as it crashed into an embankment below.

— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Herman: When Greg Abbott joked about gun violence and reporters
Herman: When Greg Abbott joked about gun violence and reporters

There’s nothing funny about gun violence, threatened or otherwise. Ditto for physical violence. And — and I’m getting close to home here — there’s nothing funny about threatened gun or physical violence against members of my esteemed and respected-by-all craft. Look, I know Gov. Greg Abbott was joking Friday at a South...
To send students to quiet rooms, Texas educators must follow 7 rules
To send students to quiet rooms, Texas educators must follow 7 rules

A Bastrop mom this week posted a photo on Facebook of a padded room where she found her son without supervision, sparking outrage over the practice. A similar controversy flared up in New Braunfels in 2015. Here are seven rules Texas educators must follow when sending students to such quiet rooms: 1. Time out rooms, also called cool down, calm, quiet...
20 years after deadly tornado, Jarrell trying to not awaken memories
20 years after deadly tornado, Jarrell trying to not awaken memories

Charline Adams is still finding reminders of the storm that tore through this small town, 20 years later. She was not home when the Jarrell tornado, as it’s come to be known in Central Texas, ripped her home apart. But a few weeks later, Adams said, she found the church bulletin announcing her marriage — a memento she had kept in a closet...
Sweeping abortion regulations sent to Gov. Abbott
Sweeping abortion regulations sent to Gov. Abbott

Eleven months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned abortion regulations that would have left only nine abortion clinics open in Texas, sweeping new restrictions are on their way to Gov. Greg Abbott. Voting 22-9, the Texas Senate on Friday gave final approval to Senate Bill 8, which requires fetal tissue to be buried or cremated, bans the most common...
George P. Bush: Coast-to-coast border wall ‘probably not feasible’
George P. Bush: Coast-to-coast border wall ‘probably not feasible’

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Friday said President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border is “probably not feasible,” joining other Texas Republicans who have cast doubt on Trump’s signature campaign promise. “We need to have a strategic, methodical process to deal with illegal...
More Stories