Boy, 8, found walking along I-96 during rush hour

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — An 8-year-old boy walking on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 96 at rush hour Tuesday night was returned home safely by Michigan State Police troopers.

Initially, the boy did not want to get into the police car, but troopers were able to talk the boy into letting them walk him home. Not long into that walk, the boy realized he was a lot farther from home than he thought and accepted the ride.

Upon arriving at the boy’s home, troopers met with the boy’s grandmother and Detroit Public School police officers who’d been called to the home.

The boy’s grandmother explained that the child is special needs and takes a cab to and from school. The boy’s normal cab driver was not there at pick-up time, and the boy said a teacher told him to walk home. He was attempting to do so when police found him around 5 p.m. on I-96 west near Grand Boulevard.

All information was turned over to the DPS police for follow-up, according to Michigan State Police.

jdickson@detroitnews.com