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Icy roads put emergency personnel in jeopardy

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Danger comes with the job.

"I've seen a lot of crazy things out there," said Corporal David Boyd, with Austin PD.

But Fire and EMS personnel put themselves on the front lines too.

Williamson County EMS Commander, Edward Tydings, said, "We did have an ambulance out in Taylor, rolled over, they were returning from a call."

He says no patients were inside the ambulance when it rolled over into a ditch...but there were two paramedics.

"They're actually un-injured, a little shaken up, but they're fine," said Tydings.

A blast of winter weather made for wet, slick and icy roads, tying up traffic and causing hundreds of crashes.

This Round Rock fire truck was assisting on a call when it was hit by this driver's car.

"We're going out there, doing our best to try and help people out, clearing the roads out, making everything safe, but you got to watch out for the other drivers out there because they're not always slowing down and paying attention," said Boyd.

This is video of an APD officer on the scene of a crash. While he's working, a different driver slides into his cruiser.

"It was just minor damage and the officer was not in his car at the time, luckily," added Boyd.

It's something Corporal Boyd says happens too often.

Boyd said, "Worked the highways before during ice storms before and I see vehicles come sliding towards me and there's not a whole lot you can do. You just hope and pray for the best."

When conditions are bad, they ask us to stay off the streets for our own safety. We have a choice. They don't.

"If we can rollover, you certainly can too," said Tydings.

Boyd said, "Fortunately, I've been lucky so far, but there's some officers in other places in particular that haven't been lucky."

Tydings added, "That's our job. I mean, our job is to go take care of people. We do have families as well, that we want to go home to as well, at the end of the shift."

The best way first responders say we can help...is by slowing down.

Police Chief Art Acevedo released numbers from overnight. Austin police handled 278 crashes in a 16 hour span.

In Williamson County, they dispatched units to 58 accidents. And they say 17 of them required transport by EMS.



Photos of Round Rock accident in video courtesy of Round Rock Fire Department

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