Northbound lanes of Loop 360 were shut down near the Pennybacker Bridge Friday morning following a fatal crash that also left several other people hospitalized.
Police Investigating Cause of Fatal Austin Collision
According to KXAN, the crash occurred around 1 am at the Plaza on the Lake. At least five people were taken to the hospital, two of whom were listed in critical condition.
A preliminary investigation suggests a white four-door sedan carrying four people was traveling north on Loop 360 when it rear-ended a red SUV. The four occupants were hospitalized, and one later died.
The driver of the SUV was ejected from their vehicle and was rushed to the hospital by Austin-Travis County EMS. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries.
Northbound lanes of 360 were closed from Westlake Drive to Courtyard Drive.
The accident remains under investigation.
Texas Car Accident Statistics 2018
Information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- There were 12,161 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2018 with 14,908 people sustaining a serious injury.
- There were 701 people killed in crashes occurring in intersections or related to an intersection.
- There were 548 people killed in head-on crashes in 2018.
- There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2018.
- There were 940 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 26% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
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