Troopers rescue children locked in back of U-Haul truck in East Tennessee

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 18:00:53-04

FALL BRANCH, Tenn. (WTVF) — Three children were rescued by Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers from the back of a U-Haul truck on a 92-degree day.

On July 10th, troopers received a call that the three kids, ages one, five and eight, were being locked into the back of a U-Haul box truck at the I-40 Welcome Center in Cocke County. Tropper Owen Caudill saw the truck, and pulled over the driver.

Caudill asked the driver, 36-year-old Eric Larue, if anyone was in the back of the truck. When he admitted there were, Caudill opened the back of the truck to find the kids.

The Department of Children's Services was notified.

Marijuana, crystal meth and cocaine were also found in the truck. Larue, as well two others, 40-year-old Lakiza Williams and 40-year-old Willie Green Jr., were charged with child endangerment as well as drug charges. All three are from Hendersonville, North Carolina.