BRINNON — Miley, a dog missing for two days after a vehicle collision near Brinnon, was returned to her owners by two hikers who found her near the scene of the wreck.
On Tuesday just after 5:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 101, six miles north of Brinnon, the pickup driven by Jacob Soule, 44, of Port Townsend collided with a boc truck driven by Woodrow Chandler, 31, of Onalaska with passenger James Hiatt of Centralia, according to the State Patrol.
Chandler was taken to Jefferson Healthcare hospital, the State Patrol said. Hospital personnel would not confirm Friday that he was there or had been there.
Soule and Hiatt were not hurt, the State Patrol said, adding that Soule has been cited for traveling too fast for conditions in the wreck that blocked the roadway for three hours.
Miley, a gray and white pitbull mix, was thrown from Soule’s pickup during the crash and could not be found.
Soule’s partner and Miley’s owner, Karen Anderson, shared photos of Miley over Facebook that night and the following days. The initial post was shared by nearly 300 people.
People who saw the post also sent emails to local media and signs were posted in Brinnon and Quilcene and at the top and bottom of the Mount Walker trail near the scene of the wreck.
Miley was found at about 1 p.m. Thursday near the Mount Walker trailhead, barely a quarter-mile from the site of the crash, by two brothers who were ending their hike and recognized the dog from signs posted around the trailhead, Anderson said.
She knows the dog’s rescuers as only Justin and Adam, she said, adding she did not get their last name.
She was told that Miley climbed right into the brothers’ van and sat in the passenger seat.
“I’m just incredibly grateful,” Anderson said. “All the people who helped, it’s just great.”
On her Facebook page, Anderson said that after some food, a bath and trip to the vet, Miley is no worse for wear.
She thanked the people of Brinnon and Quilcene and the 101 Brewery in Quilcene which served as the couple’s headquarters during the search.
Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Cydney McFarland can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 55052, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.