Dog dies during fiery crash

Cary Ashby • Jun 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A driver’s dog died during a one-vehicle crash this weekend east of Monroeville on U.S. 20.

Seventeen firefighters from the Huron River Joint Fire District responded to the crash, which involved a full-size pickup truck. Chief Tom Beck said the female driver “took out a telephone pole and crashed into a tree.”

“The driver was ejected. The vehicle caught on fire. It was fully involved on our arrival,” he said.

The fire was out in six minutes.

“We were toned out at 4:30 (Saturday) morning and we returned to service at 5:50,” Beck added.

A LifeFlight helicopter transported the driver from the scene to an area hospital. Beck said the woman suffered serious injuries, but didn’t provide any details. Firefighters secured a landing spot for the helicopter.

The name of the driver and details about the crash weren’t available immediately. The incident remains under investigation by the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol.

“She was lucky,” Beck said. “To get ejected she is lucky to be alive.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Managing editor Joe Centers contributed to this story.

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