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Boy accidentally abandoned on I-80 safely reunited with parents

SWEETWATER COUNTY, Wyo. — A parent’s worst nightmare ended safely last weekend when Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers helped saved the day.

Problems began for a traveling family when one of the two vehicles experienced a flat tire on Interstate 80 near Green River in Sweetwater County on August 8. When the flat was fixed, the parents—driving two vehicles separately—each thought the other had their 9-year-old in the car. Neither did.

At approximately 3:44 p.m., WHP was notified that a young child was walking all alone along the busy interstate. As they were responding, radio chatter indicated a passing motorist had picked the boy up and taken him to Green River Police Department headquarters.

WHP troopers assisted the Green River Police Department in locating the young child’s parents. Troopers were able to find the family of the boy in Rock Springs.

The child was safely reunited with his family after it was determined there were no underlying suspicious circumstances.

A good Samaritan, the Green River police Department, and Wyoming Highway Patrol are to be commended for their efforts and actions that helped a potentially dangerous situation end well.

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