Musher and truck collide near Willow leaving 1 sled dog dead, 3 injured

A sled dog musher from New Hampshire registered to race in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race collided with a truck while mushing near Willow on Wednesday, which has left one sled dog dead and three others injured.

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1/20/2022 6:42:00 AM

Jaye Foucher of Sibersong Sleddogs was mushing near the Matanuska-Susitna Borough community of Willow on Wednesday afternoon when a truck collided with her sled dog team. One dog is dead, three others are injured and one remains missing, she said.

A sled dog musher from New Hampshire registered to race in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race collided with a truck while mushing near Willow on Wednesday, which has left one sled dog dead and three others injured.

Share on LinkedInWILLOW, Alaska (KTUU) - A sled dog musher from New Hampshire registered to race in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race saw her dog team collide with a truck while mushing near Willow on Wednesday, which has left one sled dog dead and at least three others injured.

Jaye Foucher ofSibersong Sleddogswas mushing near the Matanuska-Susitna Borough community of Willow on Wednesday afternoon when she says a truck collided with her sled dog team. Troopers received a call shortly after 2 p.m. but neither Foucher nor the driver of the vehicle were on scene at the time troopers arrived.

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Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn WILLOW, Alaska (KTUU) - A sled dog musher from New Hampshire registered to race in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race saw her dog team collide with a truck while mushing near Willow on Wednesday, which has left one sled dog dead and at least three others injured. Jaye Foucher of Sibersong Sleddogs was mushing near the Matanuska-Susitna Borough community of Willow on Wednesday afternoon when she says a truck collided with her sled dog team. Troopers received a call shortly after 2 p.m. but neither Foucher nor the driver of the vehicle were on scene at the time troopers arrived. Foucher said the collision happened as she and her team were attempting to cross the road. “I started waving my arms at him to slow down and stop to avoid hitting the team, but they didn’t. I don’t know if they didn’t see me,” Foucher said. “I don’t know how they didn’t see the team, ... at least six of the dogs were smack in the road at that point and the guy didn’t even slow down. It’s like he never even saw me waving at him or saw the team and didn’t swerve, didn’t slow at all, just hit the dog team at 50 something miles and hour and I literally screamed.” Foucher told Alaska’s News Source on Wednesday that she was not physically injured, but that one dog had died and one dog remains missing. Out of 11 dogs on the line when Foucher’s team was struck, eight were checked by veterinary staff and all but three have been cleared. Iditarod veteran DeeDee Jonrowe was among those who arrived quickly to assist Foucher. Jonrowe took the sled dog who died while Foucher traveled with her other injured dogs to Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center in Wasilla. “I cannot thank the community enough for what they’ve been doing today to help,” Foucher said. “It’s amazing.” Foucher said at this point, it looks like two to four of the dogs may not be able to race for the rest of the season. One of the dogs injured was her lead dog. Foucher posted to a musher’s Facebook group that she needed assistance and said that other mushers driving dog trucks arrived to help within minutes. “Everybody is kind of motivated to try and help her. This is a nightmare for a dog musher,” Jonrowe said Wednesday. Foucher is currently registered for her first Iditarod, according to