Man in his 60s ‘swept away’ at Colorado River found dead, EMS says


EMS: Man swept by current found dead

A man in his 60s was found dead Wednesday afternoon after he was reportedly swept away by a current at the Colorado River, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

The man went missing around 4:10 p.m., not far from the Longhorn Dam. A person who was with the man at the time saw the victim go under the water and called 911, officials said.

The victim was found about half an hour later, shortly after the rescue operation had transitioned into recovery mode, officials said.

It was unclear how the victim fell into the water or what the pair were doing at the river, but officials said they did not believe the incident was connected to the storms moving through the Austin area Wednesday afternoon.

— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman


Man found dead on U.S. 183 near airport

A man was found dead after an apparent hit-and-run crash in South Austin near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

A passerby called Austin police shortly after 7 a.m. to report a dead person on the side of the road in the 3200 block of U.S. 183 South, on the west side of the airport, authorities said.

Officers at the scene reported finding debris, possibly from a car, near the body of the dead man, who Austin-Travis County EMS described as in his 20s.

U.S. 183 is closed from Ben White Boulevard to McCall Lane as police investigate.

— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman


2 injured in crash involving school bus

A pickup truck apparently ran a red light before hitting a school bus carrying two students in Northeast Austin on Wednesday morning, an Austin school district spokesperson said.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics took the drivers of the bus and the pickup truck to St. David’s Medical Center in Central Austin with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

The two students on the bus were not injured and were taken to Ortega Elementary School.

The wreck occurred shortly after 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of the U.S. 290 service road and Cameron Road. A spokeswoman for the Austin Independent School District said first reports suggest the pickup driver ran the red light before hitting the bus.

According to EMS, a total of five adults and four children were involved in the wreck. Two of the adults and two of the children were on the school bus.

— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman


Man pulled gun driver over spat

A driver is accused of pointing a pistol at a man and his wife when one of them criticized him for tailgating them in Leander, according to an arrest affidavit.

Bryan Chadwick Mask, 44, of Round Rock, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance, both second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon.

A woman said she and her husband were driving in a vehicle on Nameless Road on Friday near its intersection with FM 1431 when a man driving a black Chevrolet pickup that was hauling a trailer started tailgating them, the affidavit said.

It said that when both vehicles were stopped at a traffic light, the woman’s husband told the driver, later identified as Mask, to stop tailgating them. Mask then said ,“Shut your (expletive) mouth, old man,” according to the affidavit. It said Mask then took out a pistol and pointed it at the couple.

The woman called Leander police at 1:23 p.m. Friday and officers found Mask and his son a short time later, the document said. Officers looked in the window of Mask’s truck and saw the butt of a semi-automatic pistol sticking out from under an armrest on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Police seized the pistol and also found 7.6 grams of methamphetamine and two other guns, the affidavit said.

Mask was released from the Williamson County Jail on Saturday after posting bail set at $55,000.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

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