EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A positive update to a bad crash in El Paso County on Tuesday. The friend of one of the crash victims was able to track down the victim's dog that went missing after the crash.
When Rebecca Hawkins heard her friend was involved in a crash and his dog was missing, she went right out to the scene on Old Pueblo Road near the Pikes Peak International Raceway. She searched for his pup and left her number with a few neighbors.
On Thursday, one of those neighbors contacted Rebecca to say they found the dog. Rebecca was able to pick up her friend's pet. The dog, Rufus, had a gash on one of his legs and his hip appeared to be injured. Rebecca was planning on taking the dog to the vet first thing in the morning.
"I'm just glad that when does wake up from sedation, we won't have to give him any more bad news," Rebecca told 11 News over the phone.
Her friend was still in the hospital and one of his lungs had collapsed in the crash. It was just her friend injured by the sinkhole, two firefighters with the Hanover Fire Department were hurt as they rushed to help the driver who got trapped in a culvert.
State Patrol says this happened around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Troopers told 11 News the car was driving over a culvert when the road collapsed. State Patrol says that driver ran off. Shortly after that, another car crashed into the same culvert. The driver called 911 when he could not get out. Firefighters rushed to the scene, but they drove right into the hole because they could not see it.
More crews came to help free the driver. They managed to get him out eventually. The driver was flown to a hospital. Everyone is expected to survive.