AUSTIN, TX – Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services responded to an “historic” number of calls yesterday, as icy conditions plagued the region and led to an increased number of accidents.
CBS Austin reports that ATCEMS were called to 1,435 accidents yesterday, including 93 for falls, 69 for exposure, 13 for carbon monoxide poisoning, and nine motor vehicle collisions. That record volume continued into today, with ATCEMS captain Darren Noak reporting 129 calls between midnight and an early morning interview with the station.
Noak said that EMS had already responded to eight carbon monoxide calls, as people were resorting to unsafe means of heating their homes during the cold snap.
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