- Associated Press - Saturday, December 10, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Wyoming trooper and his K-9 partner are doing well after a crash.

Trooper Scott Neilson sustained non-life threatening injuries when his patrol car and a pickup truck collided on U.S. Highway 89, reported KULR-TV (https://bit.ly/2ghMlFB).

Sgt. David Wagener said the crash occurred north of Afton as Neilson was making a U-turn on Wednesday so that he could help a driver with a broken down vehicle.

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at a hospital and released.

The dog, named Hunter, ran from the patrol car after the crash.



Wagener says a community Facebook alert went out and elicited a substantial response. He said multiple law enforcement agencies responded and helped search for the dog.

Troopers found Hunter miles away in -15 degree temperatures.

Animal hospital officials determined Hunter was healthy.

Wagener said Wyoming Highway Patrol is grateful for the community’s response to the crash.

“This event is yet another example of the high level of quality our Wyoming citizens possess from the support that was provided to our K-9 Team last night,” WHP Colonel Kebin Haller said. “This couldn’t have ended any better.”

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Information from: KULR-TV, https://www.kulr8.com

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