Driver crawls to shore, dog saved after big rig crashes into icy lake

Driver crawls to shore, dog saved after big rig crashes into icy lake
The driver crawled across the ice back to shore. Firefighters rescued his dog.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Firefighters rescued a truck driver's dog after the big rig crashed into the ice-covered water of Upper Klamath Lake early Tuesday morning.

The rig crashed into the lake around 6:41 a.m. on Highway 140, about 6 miles west of Klamath Falls.

State police said the eastbound truck, for unknown reasons, crossed the westbound lanes and went off the road into the icy lake.

The driver, 73-year-old Carl Hansen of Medford, escaped the cab through the passenger-side window and crawled across the ice to shore. Medics rushed him to the hospital for treatment.

Firefighters spotted Hansen's dog running out on the ice near the crash scene. The Klamath County Fire District No. 1 got the dog off the ice and back to shore.