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Driver Pinned in Rollover Accident Keeps Dog Occupied During Rescue

A man stuck in his SUV after it rolled over during an accident Tuesday distracted his large dog in the vehicle, as firefighters worked to remove them both.

A man and his dog experienced minor injuries Tuesday when a car struck an SUV on 144th Street at LaGrange Road, causing the vehicle to roll completely over.

The Orland Fire Protection District were called to the intersection about the rolled over vehicle around 11:15 a.m., according to a release. The SUV was heading east on 144th Street when it was struck by a sedan traveling north on LaGrange Road, Orland Park Police Lt. Tim McCormick said.

The driver was trapped upside down in the vehicle, as was his 100-pound dog, according to the fire district. While firefighters worked to extricate the driver and dog, the driver kept the dog distracted while the responders worked, according to the fire district. The Orland Park Police animal control officer then removed the dog from the SUV.

The driver was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for minor injuries, and the dog was treated as well.

No one was injured in the sedan, according to the fire district.

Traffic heading north on LaGrange was stalled briefly after the accident, though the SUV was being towed away around 11:45 a.m. and emergency crews were clearing remaining glass and debris around that time.

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Darlene G November 01, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I didn't see this happen but was in the line of northbound cars on LaGrange Road directed past just afterward. Orland Park Police were on the scene immediately and were talking to the driver who was upside down in the car, trying to keep him calm until the ambulance arrived. It was an extremely scary sight and I was very shaken myself afterward. I'm so happy that the man and his dog escaped with minor injuries. It could have been so much worse.

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