Accident involving EMS, APD vehicles injures one


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on November 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 9:38 AM

AUSTIN -- An Austin Police Department cruiser and an Austin-Travis County EMS van were involved in an early morning crash Wednesday in East Austin.

It happened at the intersection of 12th Street and Airport Boulevard.

Around 2:30 a.m., the EMS van and an APD escort were stopped at the red light at that intersection. An SUV headed the opposite direction ran the red light and crashed into another SUV in the intersection. The red light runner then hit the EMS van, which then bumped into the police car.

The driver of the first SUV, a 31-year-old man, was critically injured. His condition has since improved.

The EMS workers and their patient inside the van, as well as the occupants of the other SUV, were taking to the hospital for evaluation, but their injuries weren't serious. The APD officer wasn't hurt.

APD's vehicular homicide investigation unit spent the morning on the scene gathering evidence.

APD says alcohol may have played a role.

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