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

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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.

Motorcyclist falls off US 183 near Georgian Drive on Dec. 12, 2017. (TxDOT)

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