OGUNQUIT, Maine — An out-of-condition male is hospitalized with really serious injuries, adhering to a rollover crash of a truck hauling 11 dogs on the Maine Turnpike on Wednesday.
Jonah Hose, 23, of Baker, West Virginia, was introduced to Portsmouth Regional Medical center following a 2021 Toyota Tacoma, in which he was a passenger, swerved into the middle lane, swiped a tractor-trailer, and rolled over, in accordance to Maine Point out Police Spokesperson Shannon Moss.
The driver of the pickup truck, William Funkhouser, 38, also of Baker, West Virginia, experienced been traveling northbound on the turnpike when he fell asleep at the wheel, according to Moss. Funkhouser and the driver of the tractor-trailer have been not wounded in the incident.
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Hose, who was not carrying a seatbelt, was thrown from the motor vehicle, in accordance to Moss.
The incident occurred at all over 9:30 a.m. at Mile 14 in Ogunquit, just south of the Captain Thomas Highway overpass.
While state troopers attended to the incident, to start with responders in Ogunquit had an crisis to deal with, as properly: to obtain 10 searching canines that Funkhouser had been transporting in his truck at the time of the crash. The pet dogs fled the scene, in accordance to Ogunquit Police Chief John Lizanecz.
An eleventh dog died at the scene.
Nine of the canine have been uncovered, according to Lizanecz. Most were being located in the basic place of the crash, but two of them essentially created it to the town’s key beach front, just about two miles absent.
A team of town officials – law enforcement and hearth personnel, public performs personnel, and animal management officers – joined the look for.
“We had been blessed,” Lizaneca stated.
3 of the pet dogs were wounded and were brought to a community veterinary healthcare facility for cure, Lizanecz added.
One puppy – named Whiskey – remained on the free, as of Wednesday afternoon, in accordance to Lizanecz.
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Lizanecz stated he did not know Whiskey’s breed, but a image posted on the Ogunquit Fire Department’s Facebook website page displays a modest-to-medium-sized canine with very long, floppy ears and what appears to be black or grey and white fur.
Whiskey does have a telltale indicator: a slim white strip atop his or her head. Also, if the photograph is recent, Whiskey also may have pink gauze wrapped about a single of his or her legs.
Any one who spots Whiskey is questioned to connect with 1st responders at (207) 646-9361.
The crash stays beneath investigation, in accordance to Moss. A extend of Lane 3 on the turnpike was shut down when investigators reconstructed the crash but afterwards reopened.