Traffic lanes on SH 71 reopened after crash sends four people to hospital

Update: Police have reopened westbound and eastbound lanes after crash. 

Three people were seriously injured in a three car crash on State Highway 71 forcing a shutdown of lanes westbound and eastbound. 

Austin Police said it happened on the 7200 E. Ben White Blvd. around 5 p.m. 

Medics with Austin-Travis County EMS said they extracted two people trapped from a vehicle.

ATCEMS said there were a total of four patients. A man in his 50’s was taken by ambulance with life-threatening injuries to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. They said a man in his 20’s was also taken to the hospital with serious non life-threatening injuries.  A fourth patient was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. 

According to ATCEMS a fifth patient refused to be taken to the hospital. 

A STAR Flight helicopter also assisted in the rescue by transporting a third male patient in his late teens to Dell Children’s Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 

Police are asking commuters to take alternate routes and to avoid the area if they can. 

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