Manchaca firefighter seriously injured in S. Austin motorcycle crash identified
A Manchaca firefighter is recovering from surgery in the hospital after being involved in a motorcycle collision Sunday afternoon, according to the department's fire chief.
Austin-Travis County EMS medics responded to a call of a motorcycle and SUV collision at 2:02 p.m. at the intersection of West Gate Blvd and Coatbridge Drive in South Austin.
Manchaca Fire Chief Chris Barron confirms that the victim is Sam Porter, a 3-year veteran of the department.
Chief Barron says Porter, 25, had surgery to repair his wrist, and also suffered a broken pelvis and facial injuries. On Monday, Barron added porter went through a five hour surgery on Sunday and he's scheduled to have a facial surgery that could take 8-10 hours.
All lanes of northbound West Gate Blvd were shut down while police investigated. Westbound Stassney Lane was partially shut down as well.
An accident query in the area around the blind turn at the intersection shows 17 crashes since 2015.
"It's hard to see a brother in that condition," said fellow firefighter, Mike Harper.
Chief Chris Barron said Porter is originally from South Africa. Porter's family tells Barron that's where he found his love for adrenaline-orientated activities. The bike he crashed only six months old.
"When it involves one of our own, it set's a different perspective," said Barron.
Austin Police tell CBS Austin that the other vehicle was a Mazda SUV. The driver remained on scene.
As of Monday, Chief Barron said doctors are working to bring Porter out of a medically-induced coma so they can begin a facial reconstruction surgery that expected to take 8-10 hours.
The Manchaca Fire Department is looking to raise $50,000 to help Porter's family pay for medical expenses.