Pennsylvania State Police investigating a 911 call about a dead man lying against a Route 33 guardrail discovered a homeless man — alive, but napping.
Northampton County 911 emergency dispatch on Monday morning received several reports of a suspected deceased man up against the guardrail to the right as motorists drove along the ramp from the Wind Gap exit onto Route 33, a dispatch supervisor said.
The call prompted a quick response from state police at Belfast to investigate near mile-marker 15. Police later determined the man was homeless and “just taking a nap,” state police said.
Dave Scallion, of Wind Gap, was one of the first to dial 911 about 10:30 a.m. as he drove to his job at an insurance company. Scallion said he looked over his shoulder to the right and saw what appeared to be a man unresponsive, lying limp against the guardrail with his eyes closed.
“It shook me up,” Scallion told lehighvalleylive.com. “It’s not normal to see someone laying on the highway.”
The man was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and appeared to be in his 20s, Scallion said he described to emergency dispatch. Scallion said the ramp forces drivers to slow down and that’s what likely prompted so much 911 response.
“If I wasn’t on the ramp, I might have missed him,” Scallion said.
Police woke up the homeless man and said he then left the scene. No charges were filed in the incident.