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Loose dog contributes to traffic crash at 7th and 101 in Yachats

Stopped at 7th and 101, waiting to cross 101.

Stopped at 7th and 101, waiting to cross 101.


Car heading south on 101 that was hit by the elderly man's vehicle.

Car heading south on 101 that was hit by the elderly man’s vehicle.
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It was one of those freak things that can happen when you have a dog in the car and the dog does something that surprises you. According to elderly male driver in a white compact car, he was sitting on west 7th and 101 waiting for the traffic on 101 to clear so he could cross to the east side of 101.

Suddenly his little dog got excited and jumped on his lap which startled him. He said his foot hit the gas and they lunged into passing traffic, broadsiding a green sedan. When everybody came to a stop it was quickly determined there were no injuries…except to the cars. The young male driver in the green car was out, and walking around, along with his mother. The elderly male got out and he appeared okay as well along with his dog.

The lesson might be that if seat belts are good for humans, maybe something approximating a seat harness would be good for dogs. Only 8 states in the country reportedly require dog restraints while riding in a moving vehicle. And Oregon is one of them. It wasn’t reported whether the elderly male driver was cited for not having his pet secured in the car.

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