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City of Austin employee dead following head-on crash

An Austin Resource Recovery employee is dead, following a head-on collision in Southeast Austin.  Senior Austin Police Officer Veneza Bremner said the crash between a city-owned pickup truck and a dump truck occurred just before 2pm.

"It appears the Ford F150 was traveling northbound on FM 973 when the driver veered into the southbound lanes for unknown reasons and struck the semi-tractor-trailer dump truck head on," said Bremner. s It 

The dump truck rolled over, spilling some fuel. Bremner said the driver of the dump truck received minor injuries.,but the Austin Resource Recovery employee was pronounced dead on the scene. Austin City manager Marc Ott issued the following statement on the death of Ernest Gonzales: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of a member of our City of Austin family today, Ernest Gonzales, a 22 year veteran of the Austin Resource Recovery department. Our hearts are heavy for those close to Mr. Gonzales, and those fortunate enough to know him.
 
Our employees devote their lives to serving the needs of the Austin community, and today’s tragic event is a reminder of how precious life truly is. We will stand together as an organization and a community to support Mr. Gonzales’ family through this trying time.”
 

 

 

 

 

 

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