'Critical incident' shut down busy intersection in downtown Austin

Police, firefighters, and EMS responded to a ‘critical incident’ in downtown Austin Monday.

Austin-Travis County EMS says there was a person in distress on a crane at the intersection of West 6th Street and Guadalupe.

Parts of West 6th and Guadalupe were shut down as crews worked to rescue them.

First responders say the rescue was difficult because of the height of the crane and the mental stability of the person on it.


Police were eventually able to get the patient strapped into a harness before the crane operator lowered the 400 ft. high crane. The patient was then transported to a local hospital.

Austin police told FOX 7 Austin Tuesday that the person, identified as 21-year-old Samuel Harrison Hunt, has been arrested and charged with criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, and resisting arrest and evading arrest on foot, both Class A misdemeanors.

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