A child, teenager, and two adults were injured after a multi-vehicle crash in north Austin on Monday, January 17. The crash occurred just before 10 p.m. on the 700 block of East Anderson Lane service road.
The Monday Night Crash
On the night of January 17 at around 10 p.m., a multi-vehicle wreck occurred on the 700 block of East Anderson Lane service road. While the cause of the crash is still unknown, Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the scene and found an adult and teenager pinned and in need of rescue.
Four ambulances arrived at the scene along with the Austin Fire Department and Austin Police Department.
According to Austin-Travis County EMS, a child was possibly ejected from the car during the crash. The child was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. One of the adults was also taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Once the adult and teenager were freed, the teenager was taken to the hospital with serious injuries while the adult refused transport and treatment. No other information regarding this crash is available at this time.
The Common Causes of Multi-Vehicles Crashes
Although the cause of the January 17 multi-vehicle wreck is unknown, there are a few common causes of multi-vehicle crashes. These causes can range depending on the climate you live in, the time of the crash, and the state of each driver.
The common causes of multi-vehicle crashes include:
- Speed — Driving at a high speed means drivers have less time to react to a dangerous situation.
- Intoxication — Intoxication, from alcohol or drugs, can impair a person’s driving abilities and result in poor decisions.
- Distracted driving — Any type of distraction while driving can cause a driver to take their eyes and attention off the road. This can lead to less reaction time and serious accidents.
- Drowsy driving — If a person is drowsy behind the wheel, they have an increased chance of falling asleep. The driver’s foot could still be on the gas pedal and cause the vehicle to lose control and hit another car.
- Weather conditions — Weather such as fog, rain, ice, and snow can make road conditions dangerous.
Multi-vehicle wrecks can be especially dangerous and expensive. As more people are involved, the chances of injuries and fatalities is greater. Knowing the common causes of these types of crashes can help you make better decisions as a driver.
The next time you get behind the wheel, make sure you’re fully rested, alert, and have put all distractions aside. If you’re facing dangerous weather conditions on the road, slow down and drive cautiously until you can find a safe place to stop.