Sewickley Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped In Crash

Sewickley Police say one of the drivers will be charged with driving under suspension.

Sewickley firefighters rescued a dog pinned inside a vehicle this morning following a two-car crash on Route 65.

Amy Quinn of said she wasn’t injured from the crash that happened shortly before 11 a.m. at the intersection of 65 and Chestnut Street., but watched in agony as firefighters worked to free her dog, Powder, from the wreckage.

"I hate the boulevard. That's why I always cross it, as opposed to going down it," Quinn said.

For about 30 minutes, firefighters worked using a crow bar, a blanket and other tools, to eventually free the pooch that yelped at times from the pain.

Powder, believed to have suffered a broken leg in the accident, was taken to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center on Camp Horne Road.

 Chief James Ersher said the crash occurred as Quinn’s car was traveling on Chestnut, crossing Route 65 away from the .

Ersher said John Rodriguez of Aliquippa ran a red light and his sport utility vehicle struck the passenger side of Quinn’s car. Both vehicles were towed. also responded to the scene.

Ersher said police plan to cite Rodriguez with failing to obey traffic signals and driving under suspension.  

When asked what happened, Rodriguez said, “I don’t even know.”

Sam Bruno, Cochran fire lieutenant and borough employee, said he happened to be in the area when he heard the crash.

Bruno held and comforted Powder as other emergency workers tried to free the dog. A crowd of onlookers cheered as the dog, wrapped in a blanket, was carried safely from the car.

Bruno said the rescue was emotional.

“I love dogs. I want to cry right now,” Bruno said. “That was probably harder than a person because you can’t talk to them. You don’t know what the dog is feeling.”

Abigail Zimmerman, who is entering the second grade, stopped to watch with her brothers and their grandmother, Lucia Zimmerman. Quinn was Abigail’s teacher and the little girl worried about her well-being, her grandmother said.

“This is a big lesson in real life,” Lucia Zimmerman said.

Quinn said she felt fine, though she was naturally worried about her dog. She gave Powder water to lap while the dog remained trapped. Quinn said they had just left the veterinarian before the crash.

"Poor dog. He just got two shots," she said.


Larissa Dudkiewicz August 02, 2011 at 06:28 PM
I had to cross the intersection on foot to get back to my car today and felt like I was taking my life into my hands. I'm not sure what the solution is, but you do have to be really careful.
bnhasak August 02, 2011 at 07:17 PM
It is dangerous for sure. So glad the entire Quinn family was safe. Great job Lt. Sammy!! We've only lived near Chestnut for a little over 3 months and this is the 3-4th accident we've seen there. If people want to run the red lights, I'm not sure what the solution is besides more patrols. I know my husband thinks I'm crazy, but I like taking the Ferry St. tunnel no matter what. Just feels safer. Really glad it is open again.
Karin Masterani August 02, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Almost forgot the most important part...Thanks be to God that Amy and Powder are going to be ok and that her children weren't in the car! Based on your report, shame, shame, shame on that gentlemen for not paying attention to the road and "suspension of his license" too!
Karin Masterani August 02, 2011 at 07:38 PM
A warning set of signs needs to hang over the road near the middle school forewarning people of the upcoming set of lights! The dinky signs they have posted are obviously not enough!!
mick mckendry August 03, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Nothing is going to fix the problem of people driving around totally oblivious of their surroundings, like the gentleman from Aliquippa. I live in the neighborhood of the intersection and have nearly been t-boned 3 times in recent years.


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