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Austin Man Hit by Car While Crossing IH-35

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

A man trying to cross Interstate 35 on foot was struck by a vehicle on Sunday morning at around 6:50 a.m.

Details about the Pedestrian Accident

According to KXAN News based in Austin, the southbound lanes on Interstate 35 were disrupted near 51st Street after an accident involving a pedestrian.

Austin Police said that the crash happened around 6:50 a.m. near 51st Street. The lanes on southbound Interstate 35 were shut down for several hours while police investigated the accident. Emergency responders from the Austin-Travis County EMS transported the man, said to be in his 20s, to University Medical Center Brackenridge with injuries that could be life-threatening.

At this point, it is unclear why the man was trying to cross the interstate on foot.

The driver of the car that hit the man crossing the street did stay on the scene and cooperated with authorities.

Pedestrian Accidents in Texas

According to the Texas Tribune:

  • Houston is the 7th most dangerous city in the United States for pedestrians.
  • Texas ranked as the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians in the United States.
  • When comparing the numbers to that of the National Weather Service, the number of pedestrian deaths in the past decade is 16 times higher than the number of people who have been killed in natural disasters. 

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