Driver hits dog on highway, rear-ended

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NEW GLARUS, Wis. — Three people suffered minor injuries Sunday in a two-vehicle crash that happened after a driver tried to stop his vehicle to avoid hitting a dog in the roadway.

Police said a driver was headed southbound on Wisconsin 69 when he tried to stop his vehicle to avoid hitting a dog that had run into the roadway. The driver was unable to avoid the dog, and as the vehicle struck the animal, a second vehicle rear-ended the first vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the dog reported that he and all four passengers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. One adult passenger and two juvenile passenger suffered minor injuries, according to a news release.

The driver of the second vehicle reported that she and her passenger were both wearing their seat belts and were not injured in the crash.

Both vehicles involved were driven from the scene, police said.

According to the release, the dog survived the collision and was returned to its owner.