Trucker Unable To Avoid “Dancing” Man In The Middle Of Pennsylvania Turnpike
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A man “dancing” in the middle of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was struck by a big rig Monday morning.
Witnesses say the man, who authorities identified as 37-year old Cyril Sooklal from New York’s Ozone Park, pulled his silver Subaru off to the side of the westbound lane near the New Stanton Service Center.
He then ran in the middle of the Turnpike, where he began to dance.
Several cars were able to successfully navigate around the dancing man, but a big rig, driven by Anthony Dixon, was not able to stop as quickly.
“He was dancing. He was in the middle of the road dancing, and he just jumped. Something was wrong with him. He wouldn’t move. Cars flying past, so I tried to get over,” Dixon told several local news outlets, including KDKA.
There was only so much Dixon could do.
Unable to stop completely, his rig struck Sooklal.
“He fell under my truck and just dragged a couple feet down the road,” Dixon said.
Sooklal was pinned underneath Dixon’s semi-truck and rescued by first responders.
He was med flighted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
He remains in critical condition.
State police are trying to investigate why the man would dance in the middle of the Turnpike.
Transportation Nation Network will report updates as we receive them.
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