Dog which was rescued from under wheels of bus in King’s Lynn on road to recovery, says owner

Shadow, who was rescued from under the wheels of a bus by firefighters in King's Lynn. Picture: Subm

Shadow, who was rescued from under the wheels of a bus by firefighters in King's Lynn. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

A dog which was rescued after he became trapped beneath a bus is getting better.

Shadow, who was rescued from under the wheels of a bus by firefighters in King's Lynn. Picture: Subm

Shadow, who was rescued from under the wheels of a bus by firefighters in King's Lynn. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The six-year-old Labrador, called Shadow, was involved in a collision on Nar Ouse Way, King's Lynn, on Tuesday night.

Firefighters jacked up the double-decker using air bags to pull him to safety.

Tonight his owner, who asked not to be named, said Shadow was still at a vet's surgery, but was doing well after undergoing an operation to his mouth.

'He was lucky he didn't go under the wheels, if he did I think he would have died,' she said.

'It happened really, really quickly, he hit the bus, he went under the bus. I was trying to stop the bus, he just went under. I was so in shock I was panicking.'

She thanked passers-by, adding: 'Thank you for all the people that helped us last night we are looking forward to seeing our family dog back home.'

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The incident happened after Shadow ran in front of the bus, near Whitefriars Road.

Firefighters from nearby King's Lynn South were called to the scene of the incident, near the Nar Loop and River Great Ouse, shortly before 8pm. They set to work straight away on freeing the trapped dog.

Sam Pick, watch manager for King's Lynn, said: 'I thought it was dead when we got there because the bus was right on top of it.

'The dog couldn't move at all and was in line with the front wheels. It was just lying there as its owner was talking to it.'

Pneumatic airbags were placed under one side of the bus, which had been carrying passengers before the collision.

They were then inflated to lift the vehicle off the ground enough to allow the animal to be pulled out.

'The dog was bleeding and had injured its front legs and face,' Mr Pick went on. 'But he just looked like a sad old dog.'

The rescue took the fire crew just 10 minutes to perform, while a vet was also called to assist at the scene by a passing member of the public.

'The owner was very grateful. She was just really upset and was hugging her dog,' Mr Pick added.

Shadow was taken to the Mill House Veterinary Surgery, a few minutes' drive away on Lynn's Tennyson Avenue, where he is still being treated.

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