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Drivers on a Houston, Texas highway were stopped in traffic when a naked woman, believed to have been in a car accident of some kind, jumped onto an 18-wheeler and started twerking. Yup, that happened.
The bizarre incident began around 9 a.m., according to Harris County Sheriff’s Dep. Thomas Gilliland, explaining that a 25-year-old naked woman wandered into traffic on US 290 near Huffmeister, causing a three-car pile up.
Shortly after, she climbed onto the top of a large, 18-wheel big-rig, where she remained for more than an hour. Camera footage from bystanders captured images of the woman screaming at authorities, before fire fighters finally coaxed her into a ladder truck basket around 11 a.m.
Authorities closed both sides of the highway while responding to the incident, backing traffic up for miles and baffling commuters.
Gilliland said Monday just after the incident cleared that authorities believed the woman – whom they have not yet identified – was involved in two separate hit-and-run traffic incidents in the Jersey Village just before the highway shutdown.
Sheriff’s deputies believe the woman drove away from those two incidents and onto US-290, where she parked her vehicle, stripped off her clothes, and walked into traffic, sparking the pile-up and hours-long traffic quagmire and drawing dozens of spectators.
“She just crawled up the front of that truck,” said Brian Shirley, a public information officer for the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department. “Up on the bumper, up on the hood, all the way up.”
When he first got the call, he thought it was potentially a publicity stunt, but after arriving at the scene realized it was a real life psychiatric emergency, he said.
The fire department surrounded the big rig on three sides to try to prevent her from jumping off and hurting herself, Shirley said.
“Our biggest challenge was treating the patient with respect and dignity and getting her down safely,” he said, recalling commuters shouting jokes or insults as they drove by.
“It was really tough trying to keep things calm when people were driving by and yelling and not being very nice about things,” he said.
“I was shocked. It was kind of saddening …” said Keaton Gray, who drove to the scene from his job at a nearby oilfield supply company. “As time went on it was less funny and more saddening.”