Thursday June 28, 2012

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) -- State police say a 10-year-old boy is safe after being picked up while riding his bicycle in the high-speed lane of a busy interstate highway in western Massachusetts during the morning commute.

Sgt. Alan Joubert tells the Republican newspaper of Springfield (http://bit.ly/MCF10v ) that police received numerous calls from motorists shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Thursday about a young boy pedaling his bicycle on Interstate 391 in Chicopee.

Joubert said the boy was riding near the concrete barrier in the high-speed lane. Police officers picked up the boy, took him home and "had a chat with his parents."

Bicycles are prohibited on the interstate and Joubert says he didn't know how the boy was able to get onto the highway.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/