Travis County

Fire truck driver crashes on RM 620 causing massive delays Wednesday

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Four firefighters were injured after their fire truck was involved in a crash at Farm to Market 620 and Comanche Trail, just south of Lake Travis. 

FM 620 reopened at 10:30 p.m. following the 1:45 p.m. crash Wednesday. 

Another six people were taken to the hospital. The Department of Public Safety says the fire truck was heading south on FM 620 when the driver had a medical emergency and lost consciousness.

The truck drove into the northbound lanes and struck five other vehicles, before coming to rest on its right side. 

"One firefighter began checking on civilian injuries and calling for resources, the other firefighter was able to extricate one of his crew members," said Lake Travis Fire Batallion Chief Michael Prather. 

Lake Travis Fire and Rescue said three of the injured firefighters were released from the hospital Wednesday. The fourth firefighter was stable but underwent additional testing and was kept overnight at Round Rock Medical Center for observation.

The Austin Fire Department tweeted a photo of the ESD 6 Lake Travis Fire and Rescue truck involved in the crash, showing the truck rolled over on its side.

Another photo shows what appears to be at least three vehicles in the intersection with significant damage.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics were called to the 5900 block of FM 620 for the crash with the report of a vehicle possibly on fire. 

EMS says there is a total of 12 patients involved in the crash, including two who chose not to be treated. 

DPS is investigating the crash. Chief Prather said a drone in the air delayed STAR Flight from getting to an injured person.

"When there is a major incident, seconds count and we need to be thoughtful and mindful of the fact that putting those drones in an airspace where we may need a helicopter is wasting valuable time," Prather said.

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