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Austin police officer 'seriously injured' in crash with tractor-trailer

Police said the tractor-trailer was doing a U-turn when the officer crashed into it.

AUSTIN, Texas — Part of FM 969 was closed for hours Wednesday morning after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and an Austin Police Department officer.

Police said the crash happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday on FM 969 near Decker Lane. The tractor-trailer was making a U-turn when the officer crashed into it. Police said the officer was responding to an urgent call. 

The officer is now in critical condition at a local hospital, and KVUE's Tony Plohetski reported that he is "fighting for his life."

"APD is a family. When someone is seriously injured like this, it affects each and every one of us," an APD spokesperson said.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, as of 7 a.m., FM 969 remained closed at RM 3177 and Decker Lane and traffic was detouring on Decker Lane and Johnny Morris Road. Just after 10 a.m., TxDOT said the road had reopened.

No additional information is available at this time.

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