Motorcyclist dies after crash with semi-truck in Pflugerville

Man dies after crash on Heatherwilde Boulevard (KXAN Photo/ Alicia Inns)
Man dies after motorcycle/semi crash on Heatherwilde Boulevard (KXAN Photo/ Alicia Inns)

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A man estimated to be in his 40s has been pronounced dead at the scene of a crash in Pflugerville, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

The man in the crash between a motorcycle and a semi-truck was pinned beneath the semi-truck trailer around 6 a.m. Monday in the 18600 block of N Heatherwilde Blvd, near State Highway 45.

Pflugerville police say weather may have been a factor as it was fairly foggy at the time of the crash. Witnesses told police the 18-wheeler did not see the motorcycle as it turned off of a private road.

“We were doing good to see only about 150 feet. I mean it was really dense fog in this area this morning,” said acting Pflugerville Police Chief, Jim McLean.

When it comes to fog, McLean says, “Slow down when we have conditions like we had this morning. Stay home. I know people have to work. But try and find roads that are well lit. This is a construction area so it causes a few more compilations in the matter as well.”

Man dies after crash on Heatherwilde Boulevard (KXAN Photo/ Alicia Inns)
Man dies after motorcycle/semi crash on Heatherwilde Boulevard (KXAN Photo/ Alicia Inns)

The owner of the trucking company, Edwin Ramirez, says it started just like any normal morning.

“The morning normal routine is drivers come to the yard, inspect the trucks, get ready to go to work,” said Ramirez. “It’s an accident that happened and I feel very upset about this situation.”

According to Ramirez, the truck driver was pulling out of a private driveway onto Heatherwilde Blvd. and the motorcyclist ran into the back of the truck. Ramirez says it’s more than just mother nature. He believes something needs to be done with this stretch of road during construction.

“Not blaming the constructions zone, but it had a lot to do with it,” said Ramirez. “My advice to the city would be to shut the street down and not allow something like this to happen again to anybody.”

The Heatherwilde Widening project started back in February, expanding the stretch from Pflugerville Parkway to the 45 toll from two lanes to four. The project is being paid for with a bond approved by voters in 2014. Work is expected to wrap up next spring.

This intersection has been under review by the city of Pflugerville for its increased traffic volume. Local residents say this road has been known to be dangerous at times.

“There’s a little curve right over here, there’s a little blind spot over there as well and [drivers] speed on occasion. Especially in the morning when people are trying to hurry and get on the freeway,” said Jacquelyn Gayden, who lives on Heatherwilde Boulevard.

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