UPDATE: Lost dog found after weekend crash
Posted By: Camila Orti
Two men are still recovering after a Saturday morning crash.
Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies say the accident happened near Bennet around 5 a.m. All four people involved were taken to the hospital, and a family dog inside one of the vehicles disappeared.
Deputies say 48-year-old Rick Hauschild, his 19-year-old son and a cousin were driving south on Highway 43 near Saltillo Road when a northbound pickup crossed the center line and hit them.
“The investigation did show that Rick was ejected from the vehicle, one of his passengers was partially ejected,” Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister said.
Family friend Tom Keller says Rick was life-flighted to the Bryan LGH West with collapsed lungs and other serious injuries.
“It’s some pretty traumatic injuries and he’s gonna have a long road to recovery,” Keller said.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash, but believe the driver of the pickup may have been drinking.
The Hauschild’s family dog, Jack, was also in the car and disappeared after the sirens scared him off.
“It’s something I didn’t want them to have to worry about,” Keller said.
After two days of searching, Monday brought some good news. A neighbor found the five-year-old lab in the Bennet area. Jack was unharmed except for some minor scrapes. Plus, Jack seems to have found a new lady friend and is going to be a father.
“It’s really nice to know that he’s safe,” Keller said.
Keller says Rick is improving, and as of Monday started breathing on his own.
The accident is still under investigation and no citations have been issued.