AUSTIN (KXAN) — A deadly crash at Interstate 35 southbound at East Cesar Chavez Street in downtown Austin shut down lanes of the highway early Wednesday morning, according to Austin Police. Traffic backups stretched for miles.

Austin Police said in an 8:30 a.m. update the main lanes were back open, and the crash was cleared.

Traffic was being diverted to the I-35 southbound frontage road after a deadly crash on the main lanes of the highway at East Cesar Chavez. (KXAN Photo/Candy Rodriguez)
Traffic was being diverted to the I-35 southbound frontage road after a deadly crash on the main lanes of the highway at East Cesar Chavez. (KXAN Photo/Candy Rodriguez)

Police said 911 operators received several calls reporting two vehicles hit a pedestrian. APD and Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the location, where the pedestrian died on the scene.

The drivers of both vehicles remained on the scene and are cooperating with the investigation.

This crash is being investigated as Austin’s 70th fatal crash of 2022, resulting in 71 fatalities for the year. 

Anyone with details about this crash can call the Highway Investigation Tip Line at (512) 974-8111, the Crime Stoppers tip line at (512) 472-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers app.