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December 21st, 2013
Fire truck damage by semi crash

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SUBMITTED REPORT

A San Marcos fire truck was damaged early Friday morning when it was struck by a semi tractor trailer on Interstate 35 near Texas 80 during an emergency call.

Police and firefighters had responded to a call to assist a disabled motorist around 5 a.m. Friday on southbound interstate near the 205 mile marker. The fire apparatus was being used to divert traffic around the scene.

The driver of the semi was ticketed for failure to control speed. Firefighters were able to drive the fire truck from the highway. The fire apparatus is being assessed for damage.

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4 thoughts on “Fire truck damage by semi crash

  1. Why does everything shut down in San Marcos on a weekend? Anybody ever try to get any information from the City when something happens?

    There’s a very strong possibility we were victims of a scam this week involving a guy who claimed to be a subcontractor for the City. We didn’t discover a theft until today, police have been notified but we are unable to talk to anybody from the City which we’d like to do so people could be warned before it happens to them too.

    We are frustrated and angry that nothing can be done until Monday. This is probably not the correct forum to even talk about this but hope the word gets out to some to be wary of anybody claiming to be doing work for the City.

    Done venting. For now….

  2. Well now…after doing a little research I now know what happened and FWIW their little scam has cost us about ten grand so beware citizens of San Marcos.

    I have reported this to the local police.

    Copied from the Austin-American newspaper:

    APD seeks suspects in south Austin burglary

    Posted: Dec 20, 2013 4:09 PM CST
    Updated: Dec 20, 2013 4:10 PM CST

    Austin police are searching for two suspects involved in the burglary of a home in South Austin.

    Police say on Dec. 18, a Hispanic man distracted an elderly woman at her outside her residence in the 400 block of South Park Dr. while his accomplice burglarized her home.

    Police say the man claimed to be an employee of the City of Austin and told the victim he was there to look at trees in her backyard. He asked her questions until he received a call on his radio from his accomplice saying they had “another job to go to.”

    Once the man left the victim realized her bedroom had been burglarized and money had been stolen.

    The suspect is described as a Hispanic male approximately 5’4″. He was driving a red, full-sized pick-up with wooden side rail on the bed of the truck. There is no description for the suspect’s accomplice.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

    Read more: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/24275559/apd-seeks-suspects-in-south-austin-burglary#ixzz2o9rJ912E

  3. Below you’ll find the report from today’s Statesman on the San Marcos scam. Brad, perhaps you can arrange a space on the SM Mercury where the city can post these urgent and important alerts so it’s not incumbent upon you to cover it as a news story. That’s what the Statesman did, and the info is certainly helpful to have.

    This would be (yet) another way for the SM Mercury to spank the San Marcos Record, whose website is flat-out useless. The lead “breaking news” story on that site is 10 days old.

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    http://www.statesman.com/weblogs/the-blotter/2013/dec/23/san-marcos-warns-tree-trimming-scam/

    Posted: 12:25 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
    San Marcos warns of tree-trimming scam

    From the City of San Marcos:

    The City of San Marcos is warning residents about a scam in which men who claimed to be tree subcontractors with the City then burglarized a home on Old Ranch Road 12.

    A San Marcos couple reported Monday that their home was burglarized on Dec. 18 after two men came to their home claiming to be tree-trimming subcontractors with the City of San Marcos.

    While one man walked around the home with the couple, another suspect entered their home and stole jewelry and other valuables. The couple reported the incident to police.

    The couple, who did not want their names released, described one suspect as a well groomed Hispanic male, about 5’4″ tall in his late 30s. The vehicle used was a full-sized red pickup with wooden sides on the bed of the truck.

    San Marcos Electric Utility and the SMEU tree trimming contractor do trim trees on private property when necessary to maintain clearance on the electric power lines. Customers can call David Gaona, Electric Utility Crew leader, at 512.393.4918 for any tree trimming questions. The City does maintain trees in public rights-of-way and City parks both with staff and contractors.

    Anyone with information about the burglary should contact the San Marcos Police at 512.753.2108 or Crime Stoppers at 512.353.TIPS.

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