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Driver hurt, dog missing after morning crash on 168th Avenue

Becky Vargo • Jun 7, 2017 at 9:57 AM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — A Fruitport woman was injured and her dog went missing following a rollover crash Wednesday morning in Spring Lake Township.

A witness said he was following the white Chevy Blazer from Fruitport when it turned from southbound 168th Avenue onto Taft Street. That’s when he saw the Blazer flip and roll at least three times.

Emergency crews responded to the crash scene at about 8:30 a.m.

Police said the Blazer’s driver, Emily Seng, 25, had gone off the road previously, possibly due to being distracted by her dog, which was in the back seat.

Seng was ticketed for careless driving, said Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Seng suffered cuts and bruises, but refused treatment at the scene. She was walking around calling for her dog, Maizer, and picking up debris following the crash.

Spring Lake Township firefighters looked through the nearby wooded area with a thermal imaging camera to search for the dog. Social media posts were also widely shared in an effort to locate Maizer.

The 2-year-old black Labrador/golden retriever mix was located a couple of hours later in the woods about a half-mile away from the crash scene, according to Michael Sheriff, Seng’s boyfriend.

The dog had suffered a leg injury and was having surgery at a nearby animal hospital late Wednesday afternoon. He was expected to be OK, Sheriff said.

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