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


Pedestrian killed on I-35

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

According to Austin-Travis County EMS, emergency crews were dispatched to the 2300 block of the interstate, near Oltorf Street, 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.

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. 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.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Man seriously injured in rollover crash

A man in his 30s is seriously injured after a rollover crash in northeastern Travis County, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened about 2:36 p.m. at the 9400 block of eastbound U.S. 290 East.

The man was ejected from the car after the crash, officials said. A trauma alert has been issued for the victim and he is being taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with serious injuries, officials said.

— American-Statesman staff

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