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Car crashes into A&E department in Texas


A car crashed into an A&E department in Texas, killing one person and injuring five others.

A child is in life-threatening condition after the vehicle crashed into the emergency room at St David’s North Austin Medical Center shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver was given CPR but died at the hospital.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Four of the injured – two adults and two children – were transferred to other hospitals.

One of the adults suffered “serious, life-threatening injuries,” authorities said.

The crash remains under investigation, with Austin police saying it appeared unintentional.

Eight patients already being treated at the hospital were transferred to other establishments.

Dr. Peter DeYoung, chief medical officer at St David’s, said that although the doors to the emergency department were damaged and an aquarium inside was struck, the building was in good condition.

First responders work on scene after a car crashed into an emergency room at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Austin.  (Mikala Compton/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Photo: AP

No ambulances were accepted, but the emergency department was still receiving walk-ins who would be treated in a makeshift triage area in the ambulance bay.

“We hope to regroup here overnight and see where tomorrow takes us,” Dr. DeYoung said.


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