By KELLI CATANA AND MATTHEW HAMILTON
---- — PLATTSBURGH — A man and a golden retriever were extricated from a car that careened off Route 9 and struck a tree just after 1:15 p.m. Monday.
Seth M. Bombeck’s 2007 Toyota Solara, traveling north just past Cumberland 12 theater in the Town of Plattsburgh, left the road when he reached for a water bottle on the floor, State Police Trooper Tim Connolly said.
The initial scanner dispatch reported the car was on fire; the person who made the 911 call had said smoke was rising from the vehicle, Connolly said.
He said the source hadn’t been fire but was more likely a manifestation of the deployment of the airbags.
Rescuers from Cumberland Head Volunteer Fire Department used extrication equipment and a crowbar to get to Bombeck over the course of about an hour’s effort, freeing the dog as well.
The Plattsburgh man was taken by EMT of CVPH ambulance to CVPH Medical Center and was then transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Connolly said he was conscious when he was interviewed, but he did not know his condition as of 5 p.m. Monday.
He was still being evaluated there Monday night.
The retriever, brought to Champlain Valley Veterinary Services, was not injured, Connolly said.