Two teens seen hitching a ride on an 18-wheeler
DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- It was a wild scene on a busy Boston highway as two people were holding onto a moving 18-wheeler. Evan Krometis took a photo to prove it.
“I looked a little closer and there were two people hanging on the back of it. It seemed strange so I pulled up closed and it looks like two teens had hitched a ride,” said Krometis.
It was a dangerous ride that could have turned deadly.
“I was scared for the kids, the truck was going fast. I thought they were trapped and couldn’t get a way off…but I was worried they were gonna lose a grip or fall off,” said Krometis.
He said it happened around three o’clock Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 93 South. He followed the truck for nearly a minute, just staring at the teens.
“It seemed like everyone was freaked out, traffic slowed down, eventually the driver realized something was going on. The kids just jumped off and were out of there,” said Krometis.
Drivers on the highway panicked and were not sure what they could do.
“They were trying to get his attention, flag him down. He eventually slowed down [but] they jumped off and were out of there,” said Krometis.
But the truck never fully stopped and the teens apparently hopped off as it continued down the highway. It was a bizarre and dangerous way to travel.
The kids got off in Dorchester. DOT officials said there are no other reports of people seeing these kids hitching a ride. State Police have requested the photo before deciding whether they will open their own investigation.
Massachusetts state police released the following statement on Wednesday:
“The Massachusetts State Police received this photograph of two teens riding on the back of a tractor-trailer yesterday afternoon on I-93 in Dorchester. We would like to remind the public how unsafe and illegal this is. This photograph and other similar photographs are circulating regarding this incident. The Massachusetts State Police did not receive any phone calls regarding this incident as it was occurring, yet several drivers took photographs of it.
The Massachusetts State Police would like to remind the public to call 911 should you see something like this or any other dangerous situation.”