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.