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Truck driver and his dog survive treacherous crash into icy Oregon lake

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On Wednesday, Jan. 1, KCPQ 13 News reported that a commercial truck driver and his dog survived a treacherous crash into an ice-covered Oregon lake.

The truck was heading east on Highway 140W near Klamath Falls at 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, pulling an empty semi-trailer. The truck crossed into the westbound lane, going off the shoulder and crashing into Upper Klamath Lake. The truck and trailer broke through the ice, coming to rest partially submerged in the water.

The driver, Carl Hansen, 73, exited the truck through the passenger-side window, crawling across the ice to the embankment.

Emergency crews transported Hansen to Sky Lanes Medical Center in Klamath Falls. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Witnesses saw Hansen’s dog running on the ice near the crash scene. The dog was also rescued and brought back to the highway by firefighters.

The cause of this crash remains under investigation.

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