Man in his 40s hit and killed walking on Interstate 35

A man in his 40s was hit and killed in the 4700 block of North I-35 near Airport Blvd. and 51st Street on Nov. 20, 2017 (KXAN Photo)
A man in his 40s was hit and killed in the 4700 block of North I-35 near Airport Blvd. and 51st Street on Nov. 20, 2017 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man in his 40s died Monday evening after being hit by a driver on Interstate 35 in between Airport Boulevard and 51st Street.

Austin-Travis County EMS, whose medics were called to the scene at 7:43 p.m., said drivers should expect heavy delays and road closures in the area.

The crash happened in the 4700 block of North I-35 in the southbound lanes. Officers spoke to witnesses who said the pedestrian was passing from the east side of I-35 crossing westbound when the man was hit in the southbound lanes.

The driver immediately pulled over along with a Department of Public Safety trooper who was already nearby.

“I’m quite sure it was pretty traumatic for the driver,” Austin Police Sgt. Chandra Ervin said. “It’s the holiday season, traffic is high, there’s a lot of speeders that are on the highway, and it’s really unsafe for individuals, particularly this time of day, to try to cross all six lanes of traffic.”

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