The Sainsbury's lorry driver who stopped to help a toddler wandering alongside the A43 alone and carrying his shoes in the bitter cold has been revealed.
Simon Buzdygan-Neal, 35, was driving down the dual carriageway at 1am on Thursday when he spotted the infant walking by the side of the road.
Buzdygan-Neal immediately slammed on the brakes when he spotted the child, called police and placed the child in his cab, reports the Mirror.
"At first I didn't know what it was," he told the paper.
"I saw something but didn't think anything of it. 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."
It repotedly took four hours of door-knocking before the child was reunited with his parents, although when the police arrived he was first taken to a local police station under safeguarding measures.
There have been many calls for the 35 year-old trucker, who himself became a father back in September, to be awarded for his actions, which likely saved the child's life, given the freezing conditions outside.
"It is shocking, the shock hasn't sunk in," he told the Mirror.
"You never expect to see a child on the road. I dread to think what could have happened had I not have found him.
"Had he walked into the front of my lorry, I wouldn't have been able to stop in time. It was freezing so had he got lost, who knows what would have happened?"
While the events that led to the child wandering alone down a dual carriageway at that hour are still being investigated, Buzdygan-Neal thinks it could just be a matter of the child wandering off through curiosity.
"At that age they know how to unlock doors," he said. "Mistakes happen and I bet they are amazing parents and are probably gutted about it.
"We don't know what happened but it is a wake-up call for me.
"I usually leave the key on the side, but from now on I will hang it up and make sure it is out of reach."
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