Pickup Carrying Many Dogs Crashes in Ogunquit, 1 Dog is Missing
A West Virginia man transporting multiple dogs fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup and crashed in Ogunquit.
How Did the Crash Happen?
One dog remains missing after a crash in Ogunquit Wednesday morning on I-95. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says State Police responded to the crash scene at approximately 9:30. An investigation into the circumstances of the crash determined that the driver of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, 38-year-old William Funkhouser of Baker, West Virginia, fell asleep behind the wheel. The truck swerved into the middle lane where it sideswiped a tractor-trailer before rolling over several times. A passenger in the pickup truck, 23-year-old Jonah Hose, also of Baker, WV, was ejected from the vehicle. Officials say he was not wearing a seatbelt. Hose suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Portsmouth, New Hampshire hospital. Funkhouser and the driver of the tractor-trailer were not injured.
Where Were the Dogs?
At the time of the crash, Funkhouser was transporting 10 dogs in a steel cage, which was located in the back of the pickup truck. One of the dogs was found deceased while another was discovered walking around the scene. Seven dogs were recovered away from the crash site, as far away as Route 1 in Ogunquit Beach and Wells. The dogs were taken to a local veterinarian to be checked out.
What's the Missing Dog's Name?
At last report, one dog remained at large. His name is Whiskey and the Ogunquit Fire Department is asking for the public's help finding him. Whiskey could be anywhere, but officials ask that people keep an especially keen eye out between Berwick Road and Captain Thomas Road. Anyone who thinks they've seen Whiskey is asked to contact the police or fire departments.
This crash remains under investigation.
We'll update this story as more details become available.