MURRAY — Police have yet to locate the driver of a pickup truck that flew off Route 104 and crashed into trees Tuesday afternoon.
The crash happened about 5:20 p.m. when a red pickup truck suddenly left Route 104 and went airborne.
The truck slammed into trees just feet from the house at 17019 Ridge Rd.
A witness told The Daily News that she was driving and saw the truck go airborne. She said she then watched as the driver got out of the mangled truck and ran into the woods behind the house.
The truck was nearly sliced in two by the impact, leaving the wreckage wedged between two pine trees.
State police and Orleans County sheriff’s deputies arrived and began a search for the driver, who police believe may be injured.
Witnesses said they saw a dog in the road moments before the truck crash, leading some to speculate that the man swerved to avoid the dog.
Orleans Sheriff Christopher Bourke said animal control had “been in that area all day” searching for the dog after several people called to report a stray in the road.
Police have identified the owner of the truck.
Troopers could not comment on what was found inside the truck. It was towed away about 8 p.m.
A state police helicopter and K9 units were called to search the heavily-wooded and swampy area to the north of Route 104.
The crash happened about a half mile from the Monroe County line, between Hurd and Norway roads.
The road was closed for about two hours.