Man injured in downtown Austin auto-pedestrian crash

A man is in the hospital with critical life threatening injuries after an auto pedestrian crash in downtown Austin.

The incident happened at around 9:15 a.m. yesterday (11/12) at the intersection of West 5th Street and Lavaca Street.

Austin-Travis County EMS says that the man, who is in his 30s, was walking across the street when he was hit. He was briefly pinned under the vehicle before firefighters were able to free him.

The man was taken to the hospital and Austin police are now investigating.

Corporal Chris Carlisle with the Austin Police Department says, "Well if you watch the traffic lights here and the pedestrian crossing devices, when eastbound 5th Street has a green light the pedestrian also has a walk symbol. So I don't know who did not see who at this time. We are still looking for independent witnesses at this time."

The area was shut down for some time as officials investigated.

The driver of the vehicle did stay on scene and is cooperating with police. No charges have been filed so far.

If you know anything about the incident you're asked to contact police.