UPDATE: Truck Driver Reunited with Dog Following Crash

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/1/12 @ 11:00 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A truck driver has been reunited with his lost dog.

Mike Willis was driving a tanker truck on Roberts Drive in Ashland Wednesday morning when he crashed

The top of the top of the cab was peeled off in the crash.

Riding with Willis in the cab was his dog “Bael.” The crash scared “Bael” so bad that he took off.

Mike spent the rest of the day Wednesday and all day Thursday searching for his traveling companion.

About 9:45 Thursday night the call came that “Bael” had been found.

He was at a house about a ½ mile from where the crash happened.

Willis says he is so happy and relieved to have his companion home and safe.

After a bath and some food, he says his very tired dog was ready for bed.

UPDATE 11/1/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
ASHLAND, Kentucky (WSAZ) -- The last 48 hours have been something like a country song for Mike Willis. Lost his dog. Lost his truck. And he's worried about losing his job.

“Breaks my heart, really,” Willis said.

It all started with a wreck Wednesday on Roberts Road in Ashland.

“Took the top off the truck, literally,” Willis said. “Liked to give me a haircut!”

Mike made it out alive, and so did his traveling buddy, Bael. But the crash scared Bael so badly, he took off.

“I hope that he don't hold it that I done it on purpose or something,” Willis said. “Dad, you 'bout throwed me through the windshield.”

Since then, Mike's been combing the streets, searching high and low for his best friend.

The two are together 24-7. Bael rides with Mike as he makes cross country trips in his semi.

“He means a lot to me,” Willis said. “I’m worried sick. Even been dreaming about it.”

He's microchipped and has tags with Mike's name and phone number. But, so far no one has seen him.The Boyd County Animal Shelter says mike's done everything right. And that ups Bael's chances of being found.

“I believe that there's hope,” Aimee Dixon said. “There's dogs that have been missing-- that I've known personally through working here-- that's been gone for a month and wind up finding their owner.”

There's even a search online. On the WSAZ Facebook page, more than 600 people have liked, shared, or commented on Bael's story, helping spread the word.

Now, Mike's just hoping one way or another, he finds out what happened to Bael.

“Either way,” Willis said. “I mean, if something happened to him and he's dead... I'd like to know that, you know.”

UPDATE 11/1/12 @ 7:45a.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Nearly 20 hours after a tanker truck overturned, Roberts Drive in Ashland is back open.

The accident was reported just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. No other vehicles were involved.

Following the crash crews had to off-load the propane the tanker was hauling and then remove the wrecked truck

The roof of the truck cab was ripped completely off in the crash, but the driver was not seriously injured.

The driver of tanker tells WSAZ.com that his dog, who was riding in the cab, jumped out following the crash and is now missing.

Mike Willis say “Bael” bolted following the crash. Willis says the dog is a pit bull that was rescued in Oklahoma about a year ago.

Willis says he spent hours yesterday looking for his dog that travels everywhere with him.

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UPDATE 10/31/12 @ 10:45 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The 3500-block of Roberts Drive remained closed late Wednesday night as crews continued to clean up the scene of a tanker truck that overturned earlier in the day, Boyd County 911 dispatchers say.

The accident was reported just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. No other vehicles were involved.

The truck driver was not seriously hurt.

Dispatchers said it could be past midnight -- possibly early Thursday morning -- before the scene is completely cleared.

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BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Drivers are urged to avoid the 3500-block of Roberts Drive due to an accident involving a tanker truck.

Dispatchers say the propane-filled tanker is on its side. The accident was reported just before 9:30 Wednesday morning. No other vehicles are involved.

A small amount of diesel fuel is leaking from the truck's fuel tank but no propane is leaking according to the Ashland Fire Department.

The roof of the truck cab was ripped completely off but the driver was not seriously injured.

The crash is in the area of Breezeland Pool. No word when the area will be cleared.

Another truck is being sent to the scene to pump the propane out of the flipped tanker.

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