Pedestrian dies after hit by vehicle near downtown Austin, EMS says


9:30 a.m. update: A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a vehicle and at least two others were injured in the incident near downtown Austin on Thursday, Austin-Travis County EMS said.

Medics responded to the northbound service road of Interstate 35 at East Cesar Chavez Street around 8:35 a.m. after reports of multiple pedestrians being struck by a vehicle.

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The pedestrian, who described as a woman in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene, EMS said.

Two others, who EMS said were two adults in their 50s, had minor injuries but refused to be taken to the hospital, EMS reported.

A witness said a large passenger van sped through the intersection before crashing into an encampment near a retaining wall beneath an overpass.

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 "I saw the van going straight and it went ‘boom,’ " said 62-year-old Sammy Ruiz, who works at the Eastside Lawnmower Repair, which sits directly across the street from where the van came to a stop. 

Austin Police officers were seen talking to a woman in the driver's seat of the vehicle, a black Ford Econoline van.

Authorities are warning drivers to expect traffic delays in the area while Austin police investigate the scene.

Earlier: A pedestrian was killed Thursday morning after being struck by a vehicle in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 at the intersection with East Cesar Chavez Street near downtown Austin.

Austin-Travis County EMS described the pedestrian as a woman in her 40s and medics were taking two other people to the hospital. 

Medics initially responded to the reports in the area of multiple pedestrians struck by a  vehicle around 8:35 a.m. 


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