Pedestrian killed on I-35 may have tried to cross highway



3:15 p.m. update: A pedestrian who was hit and killed on Interstate 35 Tuesday may have been trying to cross the highway, Austin police said.

The unidentified man was hit by a pickup truck that was pulling a utility trailer, police said. The driver and a few witnesses stayed on scene.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead on scene. Police do not plan to file charges against the driver.

Chris Arnold, who is homeless, said he believes the man who died is a homeless friend of his who camped nearby. Arnold did not see the crash, but believes the victim was his friend based on the accounts of others who did.

Arnold said his friend was acting erratically a couple hours before the crash. The two occasionally would sit under the bridge, but they would never cross the road, Arnold said.

2:55 p.m. update: Austin police say the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Oltorf Street have been reopened after a fatal crash Tuesday.

Residual traffic delays should be expected in the area, police said.

Earlier: The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 have been shut down at Oltorf Street due a fatal crash.

According to Austin-Travis County EMS, emergency crews were dispatched to the 2300 block of the interstate around 12:28 p.m. after receiving reports a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

EMS crews arrived and found a man in his 40s dead in the northbound lanes.

Authorities are urging anyone in the area to seek alternate routes while they investigate the crash.


Reader Comments


Next Up in News

Oakland warehouse fire: 5 things to know
Oakland warehouse fire: 5 things to know
A massive fire broke out at a warehouse party in California Friday night, causing extensive damage and killing at least nine people.
Flash flood watch issued for Bastrop County through Monday
Flash flood watch issued for Bastrop County through Monday
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Bastrop County through Monday morning, with an additional one to three inches of rain...
Thunderstorms to ramp up Sunday afternoon in Central Texas
Thunderstorms to ramp up Sunday afternoon in Central Texas
10:35 a.m. update: The rain has officially rolled into Central Texas, with thunderstorms concentrated in the Hill Country moving northeast at about...
Large fire burns several Cambridge buildings
Large fire burns several Cambridge buildings
Firefighters have contained a 10-alarm fire that raged for several hours Saturday, burning about a dozen buildings in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Doctor resigns after Facebook comments about Michelle Obama cause outrage
Doctor resigns after Facebook comments about Michelle Obama cause outrage
A Colorado doctor has resigned from her position after calling first lady Michelle Obama “monkey face” in a Facebook post.
More Stories

You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com.

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of free premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.