Man dies in two-highway motorcycle accident

Bobby Blanchard

A 62-year old man died in a motorcycle accident this morning, according to Warren Hassigner, Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman.

Hassigner said the motorcyclist hit the rail of Interstate Highway 35, was thrown over, fell 30 feet and landed on U.S. Highway 290. While Hassigner said EMS did not know if any other vehicles were involved in or caused the accident, he said no one else was hurt.

This accident happened in the middle of the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, the largest motorcycle bike rally in Texas. The rally started yesterday and continues through to June 10.

While Hassinger said EMS did not know if the victim was a participant of the rally, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted this morning that he “was advised of our first motorcycle fatality of this ROT Rally week at 290 and 35.” The tweet was retweeted by Austin Police Department.