The Houston Police Department said in a statement Monday that a 25-year-old man who was seen dancing on top of an 18-wheeler as it traveled down a Texas freeway died after he was knocked off of the vehicle.
Authorities said the unidentified man “jumped or climbed” onto the truck’s trailer, unbeknownst to the driver.
“The male then began dancing and possibly recording himself,” police said in a release.
As the red Kenworth tractor-trailer truck was traveling southbound on Eastex Freeway (North U.S. Highway 59) on Nov. 10, it passed underneath the Tuam Street bridge, knocking the man off the trailer onto the freeway’s main lanes.
Police said the man was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. They added that the driver was not impaired at the time of the accident and was questioned and released.
Local news station FOX 26 Houstonreported that footage of the man dancing on the truck was posted on the Facebook page Grizzy’s Hood News. In the video, the man appears to duck underneath an overpass before standing moments later. It does not feature the man being struck and falling off the truck.