AUSTIN, TX -Austin authorities say 11 people were taken to hospitals following a violent incident involving a food truck and another vehicle Friday night.
According to information shared on the Austin-Travis County EMS Twitter account, the collision took place just after 8:15 p.m. in the 1800 block of Barton Springs Road.
#ATCEMS is at the scene of a major collision involving multiple vehicles and pedestrians at 1800 Barton Springs Rd (8:18 p.m.). #ATCEMSMedics at the scene reporting 2 vehicles involved, 1 collided with a food truck and several pedestrians. The current number of patients is 8, with 2 trauma alerts. MTF… pic.twitter.com/WGgMzdWfqe
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) April 9, 2022
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services tweeted that two of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries. Seven others suffered non-life threatening injuries requiring medical evaluation. The other two did not require hospitalization.
Jennifer Dunn, an employee at a nearby restaurant, told The Associated Press that a group of 25 people had just left to get ice cream from a food truck a few feet away when customers inside the restaurant heard a loud boom.
Dunn said several members of the group then came back inside injured and called for help. Dunn said she and others ran to the scene where several people, including the drivers, appeared seriously injured.
“We work in the restaurant industry, so we’re used to helping out,” Dunn said. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, so have the waiters and we just wanted to help.”
Initial details were limited, but all 11 people injured in the collision were taken to hospital with “various degrees of injuries”.
The collision happened in a popular neighborhood near downtown Austin, where several food carts are frequently parked.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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