Lewis “Andy” Traylor of the Austin Police Department lost his life after a crash with an 18-wheeler. The officer was on his way to respond to an emergency call at the beginning of this week, as CBS DFW reports.
What are the details?
The officer was pronounced dead on Saturday. He had been taken to a local hospital for treatment since Wednesday, after the morning crash took place.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you Senior Police Officer Lewis ‘Andy’ Traylor, who was involved in a tragic on-duty crash early Wednesday morning in Central East Austin, has succumbed to his injuries,” Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon stated.
Traylor was responding to an emergency call and was travelling on FM 969 when an 18-wheeler suddenly made a U-turn in front of him. The collision trapped the officer under the trailer, as CBS Austin points out.
The officer was married and had five children, based on official statements.
“Andy was able to provide life to many individuals who were in need, with the donation of his organs. Even in paying the ultimate sacrifice, Andy was committed to helping others in their time of need, and his heroism will live on,” Chacon added in the statement.
The procession for the officer was held today, at 9 a.m., as he was moved from Dell Seton Medical Center to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.
No further details were provided about the driver of the trailer and any other people that may have been injured the crash. It is not clear if any buildings were also damaged in the terrible crash.