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Wiener dog blamed for wreck

Published On: Aug 27 2013 11:56:03 PM CDT

Man crashes into Bear Creek after dog jumps on accelerator.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

All dogs are excited to go to the dog park but Gio, a dachshund, tried to get there a little sooner.

91-year-old Vic Vickers says Gio jumped onto his right foot that was still on the accelerator, shooting his SUV forward, through a fence and right towards the Bear Creek Dog Park.

“I knew I was going to go in where all the other animals were so I made that run which headed me towards the creek,” Vickers said.  “I was thinking I would surely be able to get it stopped before going that far, but I couldn’t.”

Vickers with Gio still on his foot drove straight down a steep embankment into Bear Creek.

“I just thank the lord I’m here because I missed a tree that was 10 inches in diameter, if I had hit it I wouldn’t be here,” Vickers said.

Vickers suffered scratches on his arm; he says Gio didn’t get hurt.  And despite wrecking his car, Vickers says there are no hard feelings with his best friend.

“It’s not his fault; he didn’t know what he was doing.  After he got on my foot, I didn’t know what I was doing,” Vickers said.

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