DPS: Driver of Lake Travis fire truck lost consciousness before crash

A crash involving a fire truck has shut down FM 620 near Lake Travis. (Photo courtesy: Vanessa Russell)

UPDATE 7 p.m.: The Texas Department of Public Safety said the crash on FM 620 happened after a fire truck returning to its station veered into another lane and hit other vehicles. The driver of the fire truck had experienced a medical emergency and lost consciousness.

That's when the truck crashed into five cars, before rolling over.

One driver, a civilian, was taken by STAR Flight to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the fire truck is in serious condition at a local hospital due to his medical condition. Five other people were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Gary Vesely works and lives near the site of the crash, and heard when the medical helicopter arrived near the bank where he works.

“Landed on 620 right in front of the bank," Vesely said. “We went out and looked at the crash site and we noticed a car on fire and there were at least a few other vehicles involved.”

Lake Travis Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Prather says the four firefighters who were hurt are going to be okay.

According to Prather, three of the firefighters were released Wednesday, but the driver - who is in stable condition - is going to be kept overnight.

“Very thankful and I pray for a speedy recovery for all the civilians involved and our crew. It’s a very unfortunate event," Prather said.

Even though this crash was serious, Vesely says he is not surprised.

“There’s been several accidents since we’ve opened up. We’ve been open a little over a year here and we’ve already seen three or four major accidents at this intersection over here," Vesely said.

Since the beginning of 2017, there have been 40 crashes on the stretch of road where Wednesday's crash happened.

Vesely says people drive too fast on the road, and he believes that is the cause for many of these crashes.


Twelve people were injured -- two seriously -- after a six-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon near Lake Travis.

It's happened at around 2 p.m. in the 5900 block of N. FM 620 near Comanche Trail.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that a Lake Travis Fire truck was involved in the crash and rolled over.

Austin-Travis County EMS said 12 people were injured. Two with possible life-threatening injuries. Ten were transported to local hospitals, two refused treatment.

Lake Travis Fire and Rescue said four of their personnel were inside the truck at the time of the crash.

Austin Police say FM 620 is shut down in both directions.

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