Motorcyclist critically injured in 25 ft. fall from US 183 in north Austin

A motorcyclist fell 20-25 feet off of US 183 onto Research Boulevard near Lazy Lane on Dec. 12, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
A motorcyclist fell 20-25 feet off of US 183 onto Research Boulevard near Lazy Lane on Dec. 12, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A motorcyclist in his 50s was critically injured Tuesday afternoon in a 20-25 foot fall from US 183 southbound near the Georgian Drive exit. All southbound lanes of US 183 at Payton Gin Road were closed at 4 p.m. and reopened around 6 p.m. During the closure, traffic was backed up to MoPac Expressway.

Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the man, who fell onto the 8400 block of the Research Boulevard service road, at 2:12 p.m.

Medics said initial reports indicated the motorcyclist was in a crash with a vehicle on the upper deck before falling onto the road below. He was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Dash cam video sent to KXAN shows a vehicle crashing with the motorcyclist on US 183, ending before the motorcyclist falls to the ground.

Officers are asking drivers to avoid the areas affected — both the upper deck of US 183 and the Research Boulevard service road, as investigators work at the scene.

A motorcyclist fell 20-25 feet off of US 183 onto Research Boulevard near Lazy Lane on Dec. 12, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
A motorcyclist fell 20-25 feet off of US 183 onto Research Boulevard near Lazy Lane on Dec. 12, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
Motorcyclist falls off US 183 near Georgian Drive on Dec. 12, 2017. (TxDOT)
Motorcyclist falls off US 183 near Georgian Drive on Dec. 12, 2017. (TxDOT)

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