MOLALLA, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 10-year-old boy with special needs is back with his family after he was found running on a Clackamas County road Thursday morning.
The boy, who has autism, managed to get out of his house nearby without his parents knowing.
Gas station attendant Violet Hill spotted the boy running along Highway 211 around 9 a.m. and said he was very lucky not to get hit by a passing car.
The sheriff’s office received several 911 calls from drivers. Some drivers who spoke with KOIN 6 News said it took a while for some others to help him get out of the middle of road.
Officers took the boy to the Department of Human Services in Oregon City, where a caseworker recognized him from previously working with the family.
DHS and deputies brought him back to his house, about a quater-mile from where he was found. They spent several hours talking with the parents.