(BREAKING WIDE) — Man Clings on Hood of 18 Wheeler for 9 Miles before Troopers Intercept.
In a video that has gone viral on Twitter with over 3 million views, a Florida man is seen clinging to hood of a truck driving along Florida Turnpike on Saturday. Edward Hughes, the driver of the truck said that the man shattered his windshield with a metal object while hanging on to the hood.
A bloodied motorist was filmed hanging on for dear life to the hood of a semi-trailer truck that was driving at high speed northbound on the Florida Turnpike near Boynton on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, dispatchers were told that a white male was driving a Toyota SUV with a male passenger traveling southbound on the Turnpike.
The passenger told dispatchers that the driver started acting erratically and stopped the vehicle on the exit ramp to Boynton Beach. The driver then got out of the Toyota and started walking on the highway.
FHP said, the man hopped over the media concrete wall from the southbound side to the northbound side, causing traffic to slow down. He then jumped on top of the hood of a semi tractor-trailer that was driving northbound.
Edward Hughes, the driver of the semi, said that the man appeared to have been bleeding and flagged for him to stop. Hughes said he stopped the truck – only for the man to latch onto the hood and start bashing his windshield with a metal object.
Watch Man Clings on Hood of 18 Wheeler for 9 Miles before Troopers Intercept
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Hughes said he panicked and pressed hard on the gas in an attempt to knock the man off the hood. A video shot by another motorist on the Turnpike shows Hughes jerk the truck by accelerating and then pressing hard on the break in an effort to jar the man off of the hood.
Hughes also tried to weave in and out of lanes, but to no avail, as the man kept on stubbornly clinging to the windshield. As Hughes kept driving, the man managed to break through the glass.
The man stayed on the hood of Hughes’ truck for about nine miles before FHP troopers managed to intercept the vehicle. The man has been taken into custody.
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