Semi Crashes Into Upper Klamath Lake

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, December 31 2013 at 3:54 PM, Updated: Tue, December 31 2013 at 4:15 PM

A trucker from Medford, and his dog escaped serious injury after his semi went into Upper Klamath Lake early this morning...

The accident happened just after 6:30, about six miles west of Klamath Falls on Highway 140.

Recruit Trooper Thomas Andreazzi says police still aren't sure what caused 73 year old trucker Carl Hansen to cross the oncoming lane into the lake...

"From what we know the driver went off the eastbound shoulder into the lake.  Not sure exactly what the circumstances are that caused him to go off the road."

The semi broke through the ice on the lake, and came to rest in about five feet of water.

Hansen was able to escape through the passenger window, and crawl across the broken ice to the shore.

Hansen was taken to a Klamath Falls hospital, where he was treated and released shortly after noon.

"He did have a pet."  Adds Trooper Andreazzi.  "He had a dog that was rescued by fire."

The brown female pit bull named 'Coco' was seen running on the ice, and was coaxed to shore by firefighters.

The dog was not injured.

The refrigerated truck was not loaded at the time of the accident, no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The wreck proved too big to remove with just a tow truck, and a crane was called in to help with the recovery of the trailer.

Traffic has been limited to one lane during much of the recovery effort.


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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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