When a kid wanders away from home, how far do you realistically expect them to go? To a friend’s place nearby? A few blocks over? Maybe a mile or two away at maximum? How about all the way to the interstate!?
As a trucker from Grantham, England, was making his way down the A43 in Northampton in the middle of the night on December 28, he noticed something strange.
“At first I didn’t know what it was,” the trucker told Lincolnshire Live. “I saw something but didn’t think anything of it. It was only when I went to move into the second lane and got closer that I realized what it was. I thought to myself: ‘Oh my God, that’s a child.’”
The boy, who was only around two or three years old, was carrying a pair of shoes.
The trucker didn’t know who the boy was, what he was doing on the highway, where his parents were, or why he was carrying those shoes. Yet, when he approached the boy for answers, he didn’t have much luck.
“He just replied in baby talk,” the man continued. “So I couldn’t really tell.”
He proceeded to call the police but initially didn’t have much luck there either. He had to repeat his story over and over.
“When I told the police they kept asking me to repeat what I was saying as I don’t think they could believe it was a child.”
The 35-year-old driver took the boy inside his truck to warm him as they waited for the cops. When they did show up, they took the boy over to the police station under safeguarding measures. Fortunately, it didn’t take long to find his parents from there.
According to a spokesperson on the police force, “We got called out to Lumbertubs Lane in Northampton at 1.05 a.m. in relation to a child being found at the side of the road. We knocked on a number of houses nearby as part of our inquiries. We located the family and the child was reunited with his parents at 4.45 a.m.”
The truck-driver is happy that the boy reunited with his family but, even after that, he’s dumbfounded that the boy ended up where he was in the first place.
“It is shocking,” he said. “The shock hasn’t sunk in. You never expect to see a child on the road. I dread to think what could have happened had I not have found him. Had he walked into the front of my lorry—I wouldn’t have been able to stop in time.”
Yet, as a father of one, the trucker hesitates to blame the parents without knowing the full context of the situation.
“At that age they know how to unlock doors,” he said. “Mistakes happen and I bet they are amazing parents and are probably gutted about it.”
At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter whose fault it was. What’s important is that the boy was able to get home safe and sound.