Man dancing on top of 18-wheeler knocked off, killed when semi drives under Houston bridge
A 25-year-old man who Houston police say got on top of a moving semitractor-trailer and started dancing died after the truck passed under a bridge and knocked him off.
The man, who was not identified by law enforcement, was killed just after 11:30 a.m. during the Nov. 10 incident on Eastex Freeway, which runs through the heart of downtown, the Houston Police Department said in a news release Monday.
The driver of the red Kenworth semitrailer was traveling southbound along the freeway and was unaware the man had either jumped onto or climbed on top of the 18-wheeler and started dancing, possibly recording himself, police said.
As the semi passed underneath the Tuam Street bridge, the release says, the man was struck and knocked off the trailer onto the freeway main lanes.
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Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the man to Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
It was not immediately known if the man was killed as a result of the fall or was struck by oncoming traffic and died.
Houston police could not immediately be reached by USA TODAY.
The truck driver was questioned and determined to not be impaired, the release said.
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