AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man died after he was struck by a pickup truck pulling a trailer on Interstate 35 near Oltorf Street, Tuesday afternoon.
The incident happened just after 12:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of S. I-35. The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for two hours while police investigated the crash.
Police estimated the man killed, who has not been identified, was 30-40 years old. Officers say it appears he was trying to cross I-35 from the east to the west frontage road. The driver of the truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.
Speed and intoxication are not suspected as factors in the crash. A police spokesperson said he did not know if the man was homeless, but said it was not just homeless people being hit by cars. “There are a few homeless that have been involved, but there’s also been people that aren’t [in] the homeless community involved.” Counseling services are being offered to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.
A friend of the victim told KXAN he may have been drunk when he crossed the road.
Deadly month on Interstate 35
This incident marks the fourth deadly crash involving pedestrians on Interstate 35 in November and the ninth this year. Two people were killed in separate accidents near the intersection of I-35 and US 290, one on Nov. 16 and the second on Nov. 24. A man was killed near Interstate 35 and Slaughter on Nov. 23.
As of Tuesday, there have been 72 traffic deaths this year. Police say that number is lower than the same time last year.