A dog has crashed a truck after getting spooked by something while riding with her owner to the grocery store. Caroline, a black Labrador Retriever, rode to the Erwin IGA with Michael and Ruth Smith on Friday.
WRAL 5 reports on the North Carolina incident.
“When she gets scared she will go down on the floorboard of the truck,” Michael Smith said.
Ruth Smith was at the wheel when the 90-pound dog accidentally stepped on her foot. Her husband tried prying their dog off her foot, but before he could do it, they were going 50 or 55 miles per hour. Ruth was trying to keep the truck straight and was aiming right towards a wooden fence. She didn’t have much choice. Before they knew it, their 1988 Dodge Ram slammed through the fence and crashed into someone’s backyard pool.
After the dog crashed the truck, Michael wondered where all the water was coming from. The hit happened so fast, they didn’t realize they just dived into someone’s swimming pool. It served as a good cushion in what could have potentially been a bad accident.
John McNamara and his wife — who owned the pool — were inside the kitchen when they noticed the truck crash.
Michael Smith suffered a few cuts on his hands, but everyone was all right otherwise. He feels bad that their truck crashed into McNamara’s fence and swimming pool.
It’s believed that the pool may have saved everyone’s lives. Michael and Ruth don’t blame Caroline for the truck crashing into the pool.
No charges are expected to be filed.
A few years ago, there was an incident in which a boxer dog hopped into the driver’s seat of his owner’s car and accidentally stepped on the gas pedal. His owner was in the process of opening the gate, but was unable to escape the van backing towards him. Unfortunately, the Florida man was killed after being hit by the truck and getting trapped under it. Heavy reported in January, 2013, that James Campbell, 68, and his wife had just returned from a vacation when the tragedy unfolded.
Dogs and vehicles can be a bad mix if they get into the driver’s seat. Pedals on the floor are a surefire way for a dog to crash a vehicle. Gas and brake pedals can be a catastrophe for dogs to get near. The Inquisitr has also written on other stories about dogs scary situations with vehicles.
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