Firefighter remains hospitalized after fire truck crash on RM 620


The firefighter driving a fire truck that rolled on Ranch to Market Road 620 Wednesday afternoon hadn’t had any previous medical emergencies while driving. Engineer William Tatsch had an “unknown” medical emergency and lost consciousness and control of the engine, according to the Lake Travis Fire Department.

“Lake Travis Fire Fighters are very concerned for his health,” the department wrote in a release about the 17-year veteran.

The department also said they were concerned about the eight people and three other firefighters hurt when the fire truck plowed into five cars near Comanche Road around 1:45 p.m. 

Lt. Rachel Zambrano was riding on the side of the engine when it rolled. She got a concussion and had to have stitches on her forehead after she was hit by debris and fire equipment. Firefighters Brian Baker and Joel Niemeyer went to the emergency room for minor injuries.

“Both Firefighter Niemeyer and Firefighter Baker distinguished themselves by providing immediate care to Engineer Tatsch at the scene and deferring their own care while they assisted fellow firefighters and injured civilians,” the release said.

One of the others hurt was flown to Dell Seton Medical Center, five were taken to the hospital by Austin-Travis County EMS, and two refused transport to the hospital.

Tatsch will undergo medical testing Thursday as the crash investigation continues. RM 620 was closed for hours and reopened Wednesday around 10:30 p.m.

Lake Travis Fire and Rescue truck crashed on RM 620 on May 16, 2018. (Courtesy: Instagram/Ten80)

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