At least 1 dead and 5 injured in Texas hospital after vehicle crash

One person was killed and at least five others were injured, including two children, after a vehicle plowed into a hospital emergency room Tuesday in Austin, Texas, authorities said.

The vehicle crashed into the medical center of St. David’s North Austin at 5:38 p.m., Austin-Travis County EMS announced on social media that two children and one adult were taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center.

One child had “potentially serious injuries,” and an adult and another child suffered non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Another adult was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center. David’s Round Rock with “potentially serious injuries,” county officials said.

The driver of the car was killed, officials said. The crash does not appear to have been intentional, the Austin Police Department said on social media.

Police are investigating the crash, Austin-Travis County EMS spokeswoman Capt. Christa Stedman said at a news conference Tuesday night.

Austin-Travis County EMS initially reported as many as 10 people injured, but officials later said five people were injured.

dr. Peter DeYoung, chief medical officer of the St. David’s North Austin, said at a news conference that eight other patients, who were not injured in the crash, were transferred to other hospitals to help EMS regroup. The hospital’s emergency room was prepared to treat incoming patients, but was closed to ambulances, said Dr. DeYoung.

“We are in the process of sending patients so we can manage better,” he said.

None of the hospital’s operations were disrupted outside the emergency department, said Dr. DeYoung, adding that the facility is in “good condition” despite damage to the door and exterior of the building.

Published video of the consequences on social networks showed a chaotic scene.

The vehicle appeared to leave a trail of broken waiting chairs inside the emergency department before becoming stuck in a corridor near reception. The room appeared to be mostly cleared, but officers and hospital staff could be seen pulling what appeared to be an adult from the wreckage.

The car’s tires could be heard screeching and its engine still revving as it filled the room with white smoke, its red tail lights still visible.

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