LODD: Texas FF-EMT killed after ambulance, semi-truck collide head-on

An Eagle Pass Fire Department FF-EMT was killed, and an EMT sitting in the passenger seat of the rig was flown to a local hospital with serious injuries

Updated at 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 17:

By Rachel Engel

FRIO COUNTY, Texas — The identity of the EMT injured in Wednesday's fatal head-on collision has been released. 

EMT Sergio Munoz was injured when he and Firefighter-EMT Matthew Fuentes were involved in a head-on collision with a semi-truck while returning from a transfer in an ambulance. 

Fuentes was killed in the crash. Munoz was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in serious condition. 

A GoFundMe was created by the Eagle Pass Firefighter Association to assist the families with financial expenses. 

Fuentes will be escorted back to Eagle Pass, Texas, by the San Antonio Fire Department. 

Original reporting: 

By Rachel Engel 

FRIO COUNTY, Texas — A member of the Camino Real Ambulance and Eagle Pass Fire Department was killed in a head-on collision with a semi-truck while driving an ambulance.  

Firefighter-EMT Matthew Fuentes was driving an ambulance on the highway after a transfer, when the rig was involved in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler, according to a social media post by Texas EMS Alliance. Fuentes and the driver of the semi-truck were killed at the scene.  

The EMT sitting in the passenger seat was injured in the collision and flown to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.  

Area public safety agencies expressed condolences to the department and the Fuentes family.  

“Our most deepest and heartfelt condolences to our brothers and sisters of the Eagle Pass Fire Department on the loss of EMT Matthew Fuentes,” a post from the Eagle Pass Police Department read. “Our condolences to his father, Rick, a long-time law enforcement officer, and to his family. There are no words to express the sorrow and heartbreak right now, but know you all will be in our thoughts and prayers, and he will never be forgotten. May our Lord and Savior grant both the Fuentes and EPFD families the faith and strength needed to carry on.” 

“The Maverick County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of one of the City of Eagle Pass Fire Department’s own, Matthew Fuentes, son of former Chief Deputy Rick Fuentes and the late Josie Fuentes,” a post by the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office read. “Such news comes with great sorrow and we offer our deepest condolences. We pray that the Lord give the Fuentes family, along with fellow first responders and law enforcement colleagues, strength during this difficult time.” 


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