Cat & dog survive after fatal car crash into river

A cat and a dog swam to safety and are now in recovery, after a vehicle plummeted into the Ohio River.

Officials say witnesses described a truck driving on a Norfolk Southern railroad bridge toward Brunot Island Thursday, when the vehicle went off the bridge and plunged into the water.

Thursday, WPXI reported a cat was in that vehicle and safely swam to shore. She was taken to the Humane Animal Rescue, who posted on their Facebook that the cat had hypothermia and an injury to her stomach.

Due to the severity of her injuries, the shelter transferred the cat to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center.

Friday, Humane Animal Rescue provided an update on the cat they named “Stevie” :

As far as the dog is concerned, an NRG Energy plant manager discovered the dog, who the workers named “Lucky”. According to the Humane Animal Rescue’s Facebook page, the dog was taken to the shelter’s East End location Friday afternoon.

“Aside from what looks to be a pre-existing eye condition, Lucky appeared to be in great condition & will be receiving pain medication & antibiotics over the next couple of days.”

You can donate to help Stevie and Lucky at

The driver of the vehicle still has not been identified, and it is unclear why they were on the railroad bridge in the first place.