4 firefighters, 8 others involved on RM 620 crash near Lake Travis


LAKE TRAVIS

4 firefighters, 8 others involved on RM 620 crash

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 FM 620 on Wednesday, officials said.

Medics responded at about 1:49 p.m. to a call for a vehicle rescue at the 5900 block of North FM 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.

EMS ambulances and a STAR Flight helicopter transported ten people to local hospitals, EMS said. Two of them had serious, possibly life-threatening injuries, officials said. The other eight had non-life threatening injuries.

Two other patients refused treatment at the scene, EMS said.

Lake Travis Fire/Rescue officials confirmed four of the people injured in the crash were firefighters with the department. Their injuries were unknown Wednesday, officials said.

FM 620 was shut down in both directions at FM 2222 through Quinlan Park Road while authorities investigated the crash.

— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman

NORTH AUSTIN

Police: Driver hits, kills man in wheelchair

A driver was arrested after a man in a wheelchair was killed in a hit-and-run, Austin police said Tuesday.

Police said 28-year-old Rafael Padilla drove away in his Jeep Grand Cherokee after hitting Robert Copeland, 60, who died May 7 at the scene on the Interstate 35 service road, near the intersection with Anderson Lane (U.S. 183).

Padilla was arrested based on a Crime Stoppers tip, Austin police said.

He was charged with failure to render aid, a second-degree felony, according to an arrest affidavit. Padilla told police he fled the scene because he thought someone had placed an object in the road with the intent of robbing him when he stopped, the affidavit says.

Anyone with additional information about this incident should call the Austin police’s vehicular homicide detectives at 512-974-3761.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

NORTH AUSTIN

Teen found stabbed near Rundberg Lane, Lamar Blvd.

A teenager was found stabbed in North Austin on Rundberg Lane at Lamar Boulevard on Tuesday night, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

Medics responded at 9:56 p.m., EMS officials said. The victim’s injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

He was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center.

At 10:20 p.m., Austin police said officers were at the scene talking to witnesses but they did not yet have a suspect in custody.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman



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