Texas EMT Killed in Ambulance Crash

Texas EMT Killed in Ambulance Crash

News Oct 10, 2006

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The drivers of an ambulance and a pickup truck were fatally injured Tuesday when the two vehicles collided on a rain-slick road near Austin.

Kyla Wilson, 29, a paramedic with Marble Falls EMT, remained in critical condition at Brackenridge Hospital. Her partner, Eric Hanson, 26, did not survive.

The ambulance collided with a pickup truck before dawn on State Highway 71 near Bee Cave.

Investigators say speed and a wet road caused the pickup truck driver to lose control. The truck was sideways on the road when it was hit by the ambulance.

Hanson, who was driving the ambulance, was dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, Troy McVey of Spicewood, later died.

Authorities say Hanson lived in Austin but worked in Marble Falls. The crew had taken a patient into Austin and were returning with an empty ambulance.

"Eric was a little different," said Johnny Campbell of Marble Falls E.M.S. "He was very quiet and to himself, but once you get to know Eric, and he comes out of his shell a little bit, he had an extremely wonderful sense of humor. The guys loved him to death."

Wilson graduated from the EMT program in May. Friends say she just wanted to help people.

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"She was excellent at her job. She was a top notch paramedic and a top notch student," said Mattie Matthaei, friend. "I personally don't know because I've never been a patient of hers, but based on what I've seen at the hospital today, she's probably one of the most loved around."

The accident closed the highway for several hours.

Austin police responded to more than 56 accidents Tuesday morning due to the weather.

Marble Falls E.M.S. is scheduled to hold a news conference to announce the funeral arrangements for Hanson.

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be held for EMT Hanson Friday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin, Texas.

Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Cemetery, 4219 Park Road 4 N, Burnet, Texas.

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