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Nine hospitalized after car crash hits pedestrians on Barton Springs Road

Nine people were hospitalized following a T-bone crash on Barton Springs Road in South Austin Friday night.


Authorities said one vehicle hit another, pushing it into a group of pedestrians near ice cream vendor Holla Mode. Austin-Travis County EMS medics were dispatched around 8:20 p.m.

Of the 11 people involved, nine were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center and St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, including one of the drivers. Two were hospitalized with serious or potentially life-threatening injuries and seven others had non-life-threatening injuries.

Medics said two declined treatment, including the other driver involved.

Visitors who had come to Austin for DeafNation Expo were among those injured. The expo is a trade show for the deaf community set to take place at the Palmer Events Center over the weekend.

Sorenson, a Utah-based company providing solutions for interpreting and video relay services, said 10 of its employees were in Austin for the event and reported some had been injured.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event,” Sorenson CEO Jorge Rodriguez said. “Our hearts are with those in the Sorenson family who sustained injuries and with those impacted by the event. We continue to support them on their road to recovery and healing.”

The Austin Police Department has said it’s in the preliminary stages of the investigation and could not give information on potential charges. The crash is Austin's worst mass casualty event since a shooting on Sixth Street last June.

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