A toddler was found wandering down the side of a daul-carriageway barefooted and in freezing temperatures at 1am on the coldest night of the year.
He was spotted and saved by a hero Sainsbury’s lorry driver just wandering down the side of the carriageway with cars flying just feet away from him.
The lorry driver noticed he had no shoes on and believed he was just ages two or three when he pulled over and carried him to the safety of his lorry.
The incident happened on the coldest night of the year recorded in 2017 yesterday morning.
What happened next was a remarkable effort from the police who spent four hours knocking on doors until they located the parents of local houses near to a Northampton section of the A43.
The unnamed trucker, 35, told Lincolnshire Live: “It was only when I went to move into the second lane and got closer that I realised what it was. I thought to myself: ‘Oh my God, that’s a child.’
“I put my hazards on and pulled over – I think my lorry frightened him as he started walking towards the island near the slip road.
“He cried when I picked him up, he was freezing cold, bless him.
“Had he walked into the front of my lorry – I wouldn’t have been able to stop in time.”
Northampton Police confirmed the tot had been found down the side of the busy road near Lumbertubs Lane.
A spokesperson said: “We called out to Lumbertubs Lane in Northampton at 1.05am in relation to a child being found at the side of the road.
“We knocked on a number of house nearby as part of our inquiries.
“We located the family and the child was reunited with his parents at 4.45am.”