AUSTIN, Texas — Ten of the 11 victims of what was described as a severe crash in Austin, Texas on Friday are employees of a Salt Lake City-based communications company who were in town for a trade show.
According to the Sorenson company, the 10 employees visited Austin to attend DeafNation Expo, a trade show for the deaf community.
Sorenson said employees were gathering near a food truck when they were struck by a vehicle. They were taken to two hospitals for treatment of injuries of varying degrees of severity.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event. Our hearts go out to those in the Sorenson family who have sustained injuries and to those affected by the event,” said Jorge Rodriguez, Sorenson CEO. “We continue to support her on her journey to recovery and healing.”
According to the Associated Press, 11 people were injured in an accident involving two vehicles, one of which hit the food truck.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services tweeted that two of the victims suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. Seven others suffered non-life-threatening injuries that required medical evaluation.
The collision happened in a popular area near downtown Austin where several food trucks are often stationed.
Jennifer Dunn, an employee at a nearby restaurant, told The Associated Press that a group of 25 people were leaving to get ice cream from a food truck a few feet away when diners inside the restaurant heard a loud bang.