Two Texas emergency responders lost their lives to a tragic crash while responding to an emergency call in Lubbock, Texas.
On Saturday, January 11, two emergency responders were killed after being hit by an oncoming vehicle during inclement weather. Another responder was injured in the crash.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the three responders were responding to an emergency call alerting them to the area of a large traffic accident caused by icy roads. Two different accidents had occurred in on Interstate 27 in Lubbock that morning.
While the responders, two firefighters and one police officer, were on the scene, a southbound vehicle crossed over the interstate median and crashed into the responders. The accident resulted in the police officer and one of the firefighters losing their lives.
27-year-old Officer Nicholas Reyna of the Lubbock Police Department died on the scene, and 39-year-old Lieutenant David Hill of the Lubbock Fire Rescue died at a local hospital while being transported. Officials say Hill had just celebrated ten years of service recently.
Only Matthew Dawson, the second firefighter, survived the crash. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
Lubbock police chief Mitchell also stressed how important it is for drivers to slow down in bad weather and respect others on the road in rough conditions.
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
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