Texas DPS has confirmed that the driver of the box truck passed away after being taken to UMC Brackenridge. No identification will be made until the authories have notifed family.
Original story below.
A home on Barton Creek was closed off Wednesday afternoon after a box truck ran into a house hitting a gas meter.
The driver, the Travis County Sheriff's office says he veered off of the road, though it's unclear why.
An electrician working at the home narrowly missed the truck as it barreled through the fence and into the corner of the house. "I had just come around the corner of the garage carrying a couple of light fixtures," Mike Lumpkins says. When he went to the driver's door, it was locked, the man in his sixties still inside. "I busted the window to check on him and to turn the truck off since the gas was leaking," Lumpkins says.
Oak Hill Fire Chief Jeffrey Wittig says that was quick thinking on Lumpkins' part, "being able to turn off an ignition source is a good thing."
Oak Hill Fire Department responded to the 911 call and started performing CPR. EMS arrived and continued CPR, while the Fire Department worked to contain the leak. "We did evacuate one home for a short amount of time until we got the meter readings done," says Chief Wittig.
No other homes were evacuated but, the Travis County Sheriff's office diverted traffic. Barton Creek between Mendocino and Lost Creek was shut down until 7:30, so Texas Gas to could fix the leak. "With the wind that's blowing today and the direction it's blowing, it's actually helping us clearing the gas out of the air," says Chief Wittig.
The man was taken to UMC Brackenridge in medical arrest. EMS says he CPR continued as he was taken there on STARflight. His name and condition have not been released.