AUSTIN, Texas — Three people were sent to the hospital Wednesday after an incident involving a grease trap at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
According to Austin-Travis County EMS, the call came in at 3:07 a.m. regarding three male patients ranging in their 30s to 40s. One man was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest in the 8- or 10-foot hole described as a sewage or grease trap.
Medics performed resuscitation efforts and regained his pulse. He was transported to South Austin Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries. The other two patients were transported with serious injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.
According to a spokesperson for ABIA, the incident began around 2:50 a.m. at the loading dock. The employees were attempting to clean the grease trap. Two of the employees were from a contractor -- Liquid Environmental Solutions -- and one was an airport operations employee. The airport employee was responding to the other two who needed help, the spokesperson said.