KGET.com reported on a DUI crash in Kern County that seriously injured a dog, although a later update assured readers that despite multiple life-threatening injuries, the dog was expected to live.
The incident occurred August 22, around 8:30 a.m. on Highway 178, about three miles east of the mouth of Kern River Canyon. A woman and her dog were driving west through the canyon when their vehicle went over an embankment, according to spokespeople from the California Highway Patrol. The vehicle caught fire after crashing into the canyon, but the woman and dog were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle.
No other vehicles were involved, and there were no other passengers in the vehicle when the accident occurred. The driver is suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) according to California Highway Patrol officers. The accident closed Highway 178 in both directions east of the intersection with Kern Canyon Road for almost three hours, from ten am until around 12:40 p.m.
Authorities did not release any further info on the incident, including the medical condition of the woman or her dog. However, Kern County Animal Services later updated the public that the dog was in their care and expected to survive.