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Woman hospitalized after lying down nude on I-94 near University Drive exit

FARGO – A nude woman blocked traffic on Interstate 94 Thursday afternoon, lying down in the center eastbound lane and then casually walking to her parked car on the side of the road, according to a witness and police.

Leah Goetz was on her way to pick up her daughter from preschool when the drivers in front of her suddenly slammed on their brakes.

“People were swerving into the left hand lane, and it got to be my turn to move,” Goetz said, “and I saw a woman lying on the road naked.”

“Then all of a sudden, she gets up and just starts walking normally to her car,” Goetz said. “Like nothing ever happened.”

Police caught up with the woman, who was not identified, after she wandered off the interstate, Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Police were first called for a welfare check on a woman with a medical condition shortly before 4 p.m., Vettel said. Five minutes later, a second caller reported a nude woman walking across I-94 near the University Drive exit, he said.

The woman then walked to the 1400 block of 25th Avenue South, where police gave her aid and waited for an ambulance to arrive.

“She was obviously cold,” Vettel said. “She needed assistance.”

An ambulance transported her to a local hospital for treatment of a medical condition, Vettel said.

He said the woman cooperated with officers, and he did not know if alcohol was a factor.

The woman almost caused an accident by lying on the Interstate, said Goetz, 25.

“I was almost rear-ended,” she said.  

Vettel said police are not aware of any accidents caused by the incident.