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1 injured, 2 dogs found after I-5 rollover in Valencia

Posted: March 30, 2014 10:17 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2014 10:17 p.m.

A paramedic with the Los Angeles County Fire Department packs up his gear on Interstate 5, near Valencia Boulevard, Sunday morning after the driver of a truck and over-turned trailer was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Signal photo by Jim Holt.

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Two dogs left stranded on the highway Sunday morning after the pickup truck they were in crashed and sent the driver to the hospital are “doing well” at the Castaic Animal Care Center, a center spokesman said.

The dogs — a fox terrier named Charlie and a spaniel mixed breed named Tucker — were reunited at the shelter Sunday afternoon, said Paul Maradiaga.

“They’re doing great,” he said at 6 p.m. Sunday. “We have them in the kennel with food and water and blankets.”

The dogs are expected to be reunited with their owner, who was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Sunday morning with minor injuries after his pickup truck hauling a trailer overturned on Interstate 5, near Valencia Boulevard, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Drew Smith.

The single-vehicle crash ended up injuring the driver and leaving two dogs running loose in the area, he said.
One of the dogs was captured and tied to a light standard on the side of the freeway. But the other fled the area, Smith said at the scene of the crash.

The captured dog, Charlie, was taken to the shelter by a CHP officer shortly after noon, Maradiaga said. A couple of hours later, a CHP officer found the other dog, Tucker, by a school softball field, he said.

When the crash happened, several people reported seeing the two dogs running around the area, California Highway Patrol officers said.

“This is a single-vehicle rollover,” Smith said on the scene Sunday. “The driver apparently lost control.”

The truck was traveling northbound around 10:30 a.m. on I-5 just south of Valencia Boulevard when it flipped, Smith said. “One man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries,” he said.

The crash scene was next to grassy hills that extend from the interstate to the football stands at College of the Canyons.

The two right-most lanes of the northbound freeway and the Valencia off-ramp were closed to traffic while CHP officers investigated the crash.
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