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Overnight Crashes Leave Three Dead

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

It was a dangerous night on Austin roads as three separate incidents lead to three deaths.

The lower deck of Interstate 35 was closed at the split this morning, due to a fatality in the 3200 block of the interstate.

KXAN spoke with Austin Police Sgt. Daniel Watson; he told the station a man was “running in the lanes” along the interstate, near St. David’s Hospital, and was killed after getting hit by a truck. The motorist stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities.

In southeast Travis County, another pedestrian and auto collision occurred at Highway 71 East and FM 973. The incident closed all westbound lanes of Highway 71. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the pedestrian was also in the road, and the driver also remained on the scene.

A third incident involving a stolen truck also occurred early Tuesday morning, which ended in a crash killing the truck’s driver and injuring its passengers. KVUE reports “it all began when officers spotted a truck driving without headlights in the area of Robert Martinez Jr. Street near Garden Street in East Austin.”

KEYE adds “The Austin Fire Department was called to assist at the scene as five occupants were pinned inside of the truck. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene and four passengers were transported in serious condition to University Medical Center Brackenridge.”

On Twitter, Austin Police report all streets closured due to the crashes have been reopened. 

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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