AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police officer was seriously injured and is “fighting for his life” in the hospital after a crash with an 18-wheeler early Wednesday morning in east Austin.
APD said the crash happened at 2:10 a.m. near the intersection of FM 969 and Decker Lane. Officers are still on the scene investigating the crash and the road was closed as a result. As of 9 a.m., it reopened.
The driver of the 18-wheeler wasn’t injured, APD said.
APD public information officer Cpl. Destiny Silva said the officer, who has been with APD for nine years, was responding to a call when the 18-wheeler made a U-turn in front of the officer’s patrol vehicle. The officer then hit the trailer of the 18-wheeler and was pinned underneath it.
Silva said emergency crews gave life-saving treatment to the officer, and the driver of the 18-wheeler remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
“APD is a family, when someone is seriously injured like this, or sick, it affects each and every one of us,” Silva said, “and we do ask you to keep this officers family in your thoughts, the driver of the tractor-trailer, and the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department.”
Ken Casaday, the president of the Austin Police Association, tweeted, “our APD family needs prayers.”
Austin Mayor Steve Adler tweeted his condolances to the officer and his family, asking for prayers.
“The entire city and I are pulling for an APD officer, seriously injured on-duty in a traffic collision. Please pray for him and his family this morning,” the tweet said.
Austin Cops for Charities is currently collecting money for the officer and his family.