Man hospitalized after forklift rollover on Texas 71, medics say


Man hospitalized after forklift rollover

A man was critically injured Tuesday after a forklift rolled over on Texas 71.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics were called to the 5000 block of the highway, near Richards Drive, around 2:31 p.m. after receiving reports of the rollover.

The medics arrived and found a man in his 30s with critical injuries and rushed him to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

Authorities said no other vehicles were involved.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Police ID pedestrians killed in separate incidents

Austin police have identified two pedestrians who were killed in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday.

According to a preliminary police investigation, 30-year-old Sean Gayle was crossing in the middle of the 800 block of West Slaughter Lane on Friday around 8 p.m., when he was struck by a Ford Fusion heading east in the center lane.

Gayle was pronounced dead at the site, police said, and the Fusion’s driver remained at the scene.

The second pedestrian, identified by police as 55-year-old Juan Estrada, was killed around 10:15 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 35 in far South Austin.

Police said a Toyota Highlander that was exiting Texas 45 before merging onto the southbound lanes of I-35 struck Estrada, who was standing in the road.

Estrada was pronounced dead there, police said, and the Highlander’s driver remained at the scene.

Both cases are ongoing and investigators are asking anyone with information about the incidents to call police detectives at 512-974-8544.

Police said the deaths mark the city’s 68th and 69th traffic deaths of 2017. At this time last year, police tallied 71 traffic deaths.

— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman


Person of interest ID’d after woman stabbed

Austin police said they have identified a person of interest after a woman was stabbed in West Campus late Monday.

“We are aware that there have been reports that an arrest has been made in this case,” police said in a statement Tuesday. “Rather, APD has identified a person of interest. No arrest has been made.”

Police said that officers responded to reports of an assault in an alley in the 300 block of West 24th Street around 9 p.m.

A woman in her 40s was stabbed by a man and taken to a hospital with injuries not expected to be life-threatening, police said.

According to the University of Texas Police Department, campus officers were on patrol when they found a man who fit the description of the stabbing suspect given by Austin police. UT police said they detained the man, called Austin police and released him into their custody.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Police in contact with suspect in Walmart fire

Police are trying to determine the appropriate charge to file against a person suspected of setting fires at the Walmart in Cedar Park last week, said Cedar Park Police Cmdr. Bryan Wukasch. The person has not been publicly identified or arrested, but has been talking to officers, Wukasch said.

Police plan to release an update on the case shortly, he said.

The Cedar Park Fire Department was notified at 1:42 a.m. Nov. 21 about the fires set at two locations in the store at 201 Walton Way. A sprinkler system in the building was able to control the fires, leading firefighters to quickly extinguishing them.

Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson declined Tuesday to release an estimate of damages from the fires, saying it is against company policy to do so. The grocery part of the store reopened Monday, he said.

“We will continue to open other parts of the store as they are cleaned, sterilized and restocked,” said Crowson.

He said the store is focusing now on reopening its pharmacy.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman


One injured, I-35 lanes closed after 18-wheeler fire

All northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were temporarily closed Tuesday evening after an 18-wheeler caught fire in New Braunfels, police said.

One person reported a minor injury after the incident, New Braunfels police said.

The interstate’s southbound lanes were initially closed after the fire, causing major delays on both directions of the highway.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Police: Threat against high school ‘not credible’

A threat found at Round Rock High School on Tuesday turned out to not be credible, said Nick Olivier, a Round Rock police spokesman.

Extra police officers were patrolling the area around the school on Tuesday anyway, he said.

Olivier said school officials found out about the threat two weeks ago that mentioned something that was supposed to happen Tuesday. The school district notified the police.

Details on what the threat said or where it was found were not available Tuesday.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

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