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Police rescue man, dog from car submerged in canal after crash in S. Oregon

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Police rescued a 79-year-old man and his dog from a car submerged in a canal after a crash on Highway 97 in southern Oregon.

An Oregon State Police sergeant was conducting a traffic stop north of Klamath Falls at 3 p.m. Thursday. The sergeant requested a tow truck to impound a vehicle due to the driver having a suspended license.

The tow truck arrived at the scene and the driver activated the amber warning lights. As the driver was getting into position to tow the car, a northbound 2012 Toyota RAV4 hit the tow truck from behind.

The driver of the Toyota lost control, drove off the roadway and into a five-foot irrigation canal.

Several troopers and detectives arrived and worked to rescue the driver from the submerged SUV.  

They were able to get George Beaubien, 79, of Chiloquin, and his dog safely out of vehicle.

Beaubien was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The tow truck driver was not injured.

The investigation into the crash is continuing, according to Oregon State Police.

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