UPDATED: Two first responders killed, another injured at Lubbock crash scene
For the second time in a couple of weeks, a crash in the Lubbock area in poor weather conditions injured first responders when a vehicle crashed into an ongoing wreck scene. This time multiple first responders were killed.
Emergency crews were first called to a crash on Interstate 27 near mile marker 12, close to the northern edge of the city, at 8:19 Saturday morning. Light snow fell earlier in the morning and roads were slick.
About 10 minutes later, while first responders were on-scene working this crash, a second vehicle, towing a trailer southbound, crossed the median and stopped about 25 to 50 yards south of the initial crash site.
Around 8:50 a third vehicle, also headed southbound, crashed into the median, striking two firefighters and a police officer. The vehicle continued across the northbound lanes and finally stopped on the embankment.
Lubbock Police Officer Nicholas Reyna, 27, was killed. He had been on the force for a year.
Lubbock Fire Rescue Lieutenant/Paramedic Eric Hill, 39, died at the hospital. He was a member of Lubbock Fire Rescue 10 years. He was promoted to lieutenant last year and was assigned to Station 10B.
Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Dawson, 30, remains in critical condition. Stationed to 2A, he has been part of Lubbock Fire Rescue five years.
Investigators have yet to release information on any other drivers involved.
An honor line will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday morning at the Medical Examiner's Officer for Officer Reyan and Lieutenant Hill. They will be transported to Fort Worth to undergo autopsies.
Chiefs of both departments provided this update Saturday morning:
A state trooper and a driver were injured two weeks ago near Slaton, southeast of Lubbock, in dense fog, when multiple wrecks occurred at the same location. The trooper and driver were treated and released.