A driver in St. Paul who spotted a distressed-looking 7-year-old riding atop a moving garbage truck helped flag the truck driver and ultimately rescue the child, the Pioneer Press reports.
The boy had run away from a St. Paul school mid-morning Tuesday and climbed up on the truck and was clinging to something for balance about 15 feet in the air as the truck bumped along at about 30 mph, David Bergstrom said.
He could hardly believe what he was seeing, he told WCCO. He told the station, "At first, I thought it might have been an employee, you know how they ride one on the back sometimes? But then instantly, I saw it was a kid, and I knew that something was wrong."
Bergstrom told the Star Tribune he pulled alongside the truck at a stoplight and waved and yelled out his window: "Stop! Look up!"
The driver pulled over, and the two of them coaxed the boy down. Police had been looking for the child.
Police said it's fortunate the boy was rescued before he fell from the truck – or perhaps into it.