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.


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