AUSTIN (KXAN) — A deadly chain-reaction wreck involving four cars on U.S. Highway 183 had EMS and Southeast Travis County Fire Rescue crews responding to the area early Monday morning. One person died in the wreck, and EMS crews took another person to the hospital with critical injuries. Seven people in all were involved in the four-car crash.
Firefighters responded to the intersection of U.S. 183 and FM 973 at 7:54 a.m. The wreck happened in the 9300 block of South U.S. 183, killing a woman around 30 years old. Crews took a woman in her 40s to University Medical Center Brackenridge with critical injuries. EMS officials say a man in his 30s was also taken to the hospital. He did not have life-threatening injuries. Four other people refused medical treatment.
A pickup driving south on U.S. 183 slowed to turn into a Chevron gas station, and a Chevy car behind the truck slowed as well, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robbie Barrera. A Chevy pickup behind the car didn’t notice the slowdown and slammed into the car, pushing it into the lanes heading north. That’s when a Dodge four-door pickup in those lanes hit the car, killing the passenger and injuring the driver. The Chevy pickup had been towing equipment, which jack-knifed and hit another Ford truck with three passengers inside. No one in that truck was hurt. One other person went to the hospital, though it is unclear which car that person was in.
DPS is investigating the wreck.