State police warn people, drivers after boys ride on truck
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Massachusetts state police responded after two teens were caught on video riding down Interstate 93 on the back of a tractor trailer.
A 7News viewer recorded video of the two boys grabbing a ride on the back of a truck in rush hour traffic Tuesday.
“I was shocked and amazed. You don’t see it every day. I was speechless that someone would be doing that,” said a 7News viewer.
The boys were carrying a backpack and book bag during the dangerous stunt.
The 7News viewer who took a photo of the boys said he thought the kids looked scared. The driver who took the video said they didn’t seem to have a care in the world.
“They were having a great time -- looking around, looking at the cars and the side of the road and they didn’t have a care in the world I don’t think. They were out for the thrill. I didn’t get the idea they were frightened or scared at all at highway speeds. It was pretty crazy,” said the 7News viewer.
State police warn that this kind of behavior isn’t just crazy; it’s life threatening for the boys and the drivers on the road.
“It’s extremely dangerous. It could lead to fatalities, not only of the two young men on the back of that truck, but to other motorists who have to take evasive maneuvers if they fall off the truck,” said Lt. Daniel Richard of the Massachusetts State Police.
Other drivers got the truck driver’s attention to slow down. That’s when the boys ran away.
“The two youths jumped off the back of the truck and jumped over the barrier and off the highway. But it was a little bit of pandemonium with cars stopping trying to get the truck’s attention and the kids bolting after the truck slowed down -- he hadn’t even stopped yet and they jumped off and were running,” said the 7News viewer.
State police said they were amazed they got no calls from drivers. They didn’t know about the incident until 7News showed them the photos and video.
Police want to remind motorists that if they see anything like this on the highway to call the police instead of taking photos or video.