Family accidentally leaves 9-year-old on side of I-80

    On Saturday afternoon, Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to a report “of a young child walking along the side of Interstate 80 in Sweetwater County alone,” according to a release today, August 10th.

    While troopers were en route, they learned a passing motorist had picked up the child and taken him to the Green River Police Department.

    WHP and GRPD were able to locate the child’s parents in Rock Springs. 


    His parents were reportedly driving two separate vehicles when one of the vehicles experienced a flat tire along the side of I-80. After the repair on the tire was made, the parents loaded up and left, not knowing the child was not in either vehicle. 

    WHP troopers reunited the child with his family after determining there were no underlying suspicious circumstances.

    Thanks to the combined efforts of the Green River Police Department, responding troopers, and the act of the good samaritans who stopped when they saw the young boy on the side of the road, this situation ended well. 


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