A truck driver involved in a deadly crash on Interstate 10 last Friday was reunited with his dog a day later, a county animal services spokesman said today.
Howard Sands of Tempe, Ariz., and his 8-year-old collie, Sugar Bear, were riding in Sands’ tractor trailer when he swerved into another lane to avoid hitting a rig whose driver braked suddenly on eastbound I-10 near Jefferson Street.
Sands, 52, instead rear-ended a Dodge driven by 53-year-old Harry Griffith of Redwood City, who died at the scene.
Sands’ rig then hit the center median and jackknifed, and another vehicle hit his tractor trailer. Sands and one other man were transported to Desert Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Riverside County Animal Services personnel took Sugar Bear to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, where she was examined by veterinary staff.
She escaped injury but was shaken by the crash and missed her owner, who picked her up on Saturday, Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said.
“We got the impression that dog and owner were hardly separated,” he said.