One dead as vehicle crashes off Slaughter Lane overpass


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A vehicle traveling on West Slaughter Lane Tuesday afternoon crashed at least 30 feet off an overpass, killing a man in his 30s or 40s. Austin-Travis County EMS says the crash may be due to ice on the bridge.

Medics were called to the 1500 block of Slaughter, just east of Manchaca Road, at 5:14 p.m. Another man has been taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with critical injuries.

Austin police say the driver was going eastbound on West Slaughter Lane when he crashed. While Austin-Travis County EMS said it might have been ice-related, police would only say they’re investigating the cause. According to Austin’s Emergency Operations Center the bridge on Slaughter at the location of the traffic crash was sanded by Public Works Street and Bridge three times Tuesday.

The Austin Police Department responded to a total of 106 crashes on Tuesday. For comparison, on a non-weather day, there are usually less than 100 crashes.

Andrew Paz was in the area when he saw the vehicle go off the overpass. “Oh my God guys, somebody just slipped off the bridge!” he is heard yelling on video sent to KXAN.

Paz then ran to the scene with first responders as they came upon the upside down vehicle. Paz then turned the camera to himself, asking his friends watching the Facebook Live to drive carefully.

Austin police say the overpass, which is over railroad tracks, reopened around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

ATCEMS said that 13 other crashes in Travis County on Tuesday were weather-related.

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