Crash alert: Austin police officer dies of injuries after collision with 18-wheeler

AUSTIN, TX – An Austin police officer has died of his injuries following a collision with a tractor-trailer on FM 969 last week, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

This is an update to a previous story.

The officer, Lewis “Andy” Traylor, was responding to an urgent call at the intersection of FM 969 and Decker Lane Wednesday at about 2 a.m. Police said an 18-wheeler made a U-turn in front of him, and the patrol car struck the trailer of the truck and became pinned underneath.

The officer was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center in critical condition, and passed away on Saturday.  Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. He was not injured.

Traylor had been with the Austin Police Department for nine years.  In a statement, interim Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon said  “Andy was an incredible officer, husband, father and friend and he will be missed by all of us.”

Police said Traylor is the 24th Austin police officer to die in the line of duty.

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