APD: 106 crashes on Austin roads in winter storm - Witness shares video of 1 deadly crash
The Austin Police Department has new information on just how dangerous Austin's roads were during Tuesday's icy weather.
According to Austin Police there were 106 crashes on Tuesday. Compare that to one week ago when 99 crashes were reported on city streets. While those numbers don't look dramatically different, APD says you should take into account there were far fewer cars on the roads yesterday because schools and many businesses were closed.
One of yesterday's 106 crashes was the deadly accident on the Slaughter Lane bridge in South Austin. A man in his 30s to 40s was killed and another man in his 40s is in critical condition after the truck they were riding in plummeted over 30 feet off the bridge.
On Wednesday a witness to the fatal fall shared what he saw and what he recorded with his smartphone. "Oh my God, guys somebody just slipped off the bridge," said Andrew Paz as he was walking his dog in South Austin.
Paz had just crossed was crossed Manchaca Road on Slaughter Lane when he witnessed one of the most disturbing events of his life on the Slaughter Lane bridge. "The back of the truck kind of started skidding and that's when I removed my headphones and I was like, no way this is happening. And then he flew off and I was like, that didn't happen. That didn't happen," said Paz.
Paz started recording the accident on Facebook Live as he ran toward the spot where the truck landed underneath the bridge. "I was still in shock. I was in disbelief seeing something like that happen. I've never seen this happen at this bridge before," said Paz.
The pickup truck was heading east on the Slaughter Lane bridge when the driver lost control. There are chips on the high curb where the truck hit it and then landed up on the sidewalk. From there the truck didn't go through the guardrail it just clipped it. Then it went airborne falling 30 to 40 feet below.
"It literally kind of just dropped," said Paz. "And I mean the cabin was crushed a little bit."
Wednesday afternoon Austin Police say the investigation is not complete and they have not determined whether icy road conditions caused or contributed to the accident. But Paz says from his perspective the driver and passenger appeared to be victims of the bad weather.
"He did not look like he was speeding. He didn't look like he was doing anything wrong. He literally got hit with black ice and flew off," said Paz. "It's pretty crazy to see something like that happen."
CBS Austin asked APD how often the Slaughter Lane bridge was sanded or deiced on Tuesday. APD says the bridge was sanded three times, but exact times were not provided.
The fatal accident happened at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The Slaughter Lane bridge was sanded again but remained shut down until Wednesday morning.