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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.


A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home

So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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