Chain reaction crash in downtown Austin kills one

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — One person has died and two others were injured when a vehicle hit them in downtown Austin.

Austin police say the crash initially started as a collision between two vehicles along the northbound Interstate 35 service road and E. Cesar Chavez Street around 8:35 a.m. After the collision, police say the driver of the van lost control, went over the curb and struck three people under the bridge.

A woman in her 40s died at the scene. The others have minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital.

“It was someone underneath the bridge, I don’t if they were lying, standing or sitting at this point,” said APD Lt. James Nisula when asked if the victims were homeless. Video of the scene shows numerous individuals sitting in the underpass.

This is the second deadly auto-pedestrian crash in Austin in the past few days. On Tuesday afternoon, a woman in her 60s was struck and killed in north Austin as she was standing near her car on Quailfield Circle. Police are still searching for the driver in that case.

Woman was hit and killed underneath the bridge on the northbound frontage of I-35 at Cesar Chavez Street on Oct. 12, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
Woman was hit and killed underneath the bridge on the northbound frontage of I-35 at Cesar Chavez Street on Oct. 12, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

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