Man dies after dancing on top of 18-wheeler, hitting Houston freeway bridge – Houston Public Media

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A 25-year-old man died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, while dancing atop an 18-wheeler and flipping over as the truck passed under a bridge, according to the Houston Police Department.

A man who danced atop an 18-wheeler while driving down a Houston freeway last week died after colliding with a bridge and falling onto the roadway.

The 25-year-old man, whose identity has not been released by authorities, had climbed onto the cargo portion of the truck without the knowledge of the driver, according to Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva .

Police say the red Kenworth semi-trailer truck was traveling south in the 2500 block of the Eastex Freeway around 11.35am last Thursday when the man dancing on it – who may have checked in, police said – was overturned as the truck passed under the Tuam Street bridge.

Silva said the deceased man and the driver of the 18-wheeler, another man, did not know each other.

“The driver isn’t even sure when (the other man) got on the truck,” Silva said.

The driver was questioned at the scene, determined not to be intoxicated and released, according to the HPD, which said its investigation into the incident was ongoing.

The man who fell from the truck was transported by Houston Fire Department paramedics to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the HPD. The man died of multiple blunt impact injuries, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, which did not release more information about him on Tuesday.

“We haven’t had a case like this for a while,” Silva said.

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