Driver dies after car crashes into A&E department

By John Mercury February 14, 2024

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

A child is in a life-threatening condition after the vehicle smashed into the lobby of the emergency room at St David’s North Austin Medical Centre shortly after 5.30pm on Tuesday.

The driver received CPR but died at the hospital.

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Four of those who were hurt – two adults and two children – have been transferred to other hospitals.

One of the adults has “serious, potentially life-threatening injuries”, officials said.

The crash is being investigated, with the Austin Police Department saying it appeared to be unintentional.

Eight patients who were already undergoing treatment at the hospital were being moved to other facilities.

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

First responders work the scene after a car crashed into an emergency room at St. David's North Austin Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Austin. (Mikala Compton/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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No ambulances were being accepted but the emergency department was still taking walk-ins who would be treated at a makeshift triage area at the ambulance bay.

“We’re hoping to kind of regroup here over the night and see where tomorrow leaves us,” Dr DeYoung said.

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