Medford truck driver, dog escape icy crash in Upper Klamath Lake

A truck driven by a Medford man skidded into Upper Klamath Lake early this morning. Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police

A Medford commercial truck driver and his dog escaped a truck that skidded off Highway 140 and crashed into the ice-covered surface of Upper Klamath Lake this morning, Oregon State Police reported.

Carl Hansen, 73, of Hansen and Sons Trucking, was driving east on the highway near milepost 58 at 6:41 a.m., pulling an empty semitrailer. The truck suddenly traveled across the westbound lane onto the shoulder and crashed into Upper Klamath Lake. The truck and trailer broke through the ice and came to rest partially submerged in the frigid waters.

OSP said Hansen was able to escape through a passenger-side window. He then crawled across the ice to a nearby embankment. Emergency responders arrived and took him to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls for treatment of what police described as non-life threatening injuries.

Klamath County Fire District No. 1 crews saw Hansen's dog running on the ice near the crash scene. They rescued it and brought it back to the highway.

Fire crews and OSP were joined by the Klamath County Sheriff's Department, Klamath County Dive Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation at the scene.

The crash's cause remains under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil

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