2 men dead after truck drives over cliff in Lago Vista

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News

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Posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 3:45 PM

LAGO VISTA, Texas -- The stormy weather may have played a part in a crash which killed two people and sent another to the hospital.

Three men drove off a cliff at a Spicewood resort and fell 100 feet. They landed about 50 feet from the water's edge. Two of them died.

"I don't know how they went off road, but they went off road in a big way," said Pedernales Emergency Services Lt. Steve Rudkin.

"There were roads out there but they weren't paved. Maybe they got lost or turned around. I know walking back there I got turned around two or three times. It's very thick brush grown over the roadway that's there," said Rudkin.

Saturday at 10 p.m. the owner of the property saw the men driving around in a four-wheel drive pick up truck. At midnight, a call came in to 911 from one of the men. He was pinned underneath the truck.

"The patient was trapped and had to locate a cell phone. No idea if he lost consciousness or for how long," Rudkin said.

"We spent about 30 to 45 minutes trying to locate the people in the car. It was very difficult for us to find. It was well off of any normal road," said Rudkin.

Heavy rain only made things worse.

"It was raining very hard. It's been raining off and on all night, and in fact, we had a difficult time at first getting Starflight to come due to weather," Rudkin said.

Crews spend an hour and a half working to free the only survivor of the crash.

"It's all tree and rough gravel, and it's very difficult to walk to, very difficult to get our equipment down there. Even our vehicles, we have several vehicles that are stuck down there. Our engine is in fact stuck in the mud," said Rudkin.

Finally, they freed him, and he was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin.
Now investigators with the Travis County Sheriff's Office will work to find out exactly what led to this horrific accident.

The condition of the man who was rescued is unknown at this time.

KVUE is told that the resort is a popular spring break attraction.

According to the Resort Ranch at Lake Travis website, the entire resort is under renovation.

The property owner would not allow cameras to go inside and has not returned KVUE's phone calls.
 

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