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Couple finds family dog who ran away after accident near Flagstaff

Posted at 5:17 PM, Dec 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 09:17:19-05

Happy news right before the holidays for a couple who lost their beloved dog in an accident near Flagstaff.

The Department of Public Safety confirmed a truck pulling a travel trailer was involved in an injury collision on Interstate 40 at milepost 225, roughly 20 miles east of Flagstaff.

According to one of the victims, Cathy Chang, both her and her husband were treated for injuries, but made it out safely, thanks to witnesses who assisted on scene.

Her husband, Tucker Williams, even posted a long thank you on an ABC15 Facebook wall post saying, “We're very very thankful for the literally dozens of people who stopped to help us immediately, otherwise we might have been injured much more than we are.”

Unfortunately, they were traveling with their beloved dog, Piper, who escaped the vehicle after the crash and fled the area. Piper is a younger Border Collie mix.

Piper was safely found on Sunday afternoon near the crash scene, Chang told ABC15. The dog was found just a couple of miles east of where the wreck happened. 

Chang said she and her husband, along with other rescue people, were out in the area looking for the dog when a family found her pup. She said the family was able to prevent the dog from getting onto the freeway. 

The dog had been missing for three days, and has now been safely reunited with the family.