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NY troopers help rescue dozens of puppies after Steuben Co. crash

Trooper Mark Bernard holds one of the puppies rescued after a crash in Avoca, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (New York State Police)

AVOCA, N.Y. (WHAM) – Dozens of puppies are expected to be OK after a box van they were being transported in crashed in Steuben County Tuesday.

According to New York State Police, the crash happened on Interstate 86 in the Town of Avoca.

Troopers said a box van driven by Emily Woodrum of Missouri was carrying more than 100 puppies when she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to hit a ditch and overturn.

Troopers Mark Bernard, Jordan Sheehan and Pete Peters, along with employees from T and R Towing, assisted in getting the puppies to safety. Five of them suffered minor injuries and were treated by the Steuben County SPCA.

Troopers said the puppies were being delivered to local pet stores.

According to State Police, Woodrum was driving too fast when she went off the road.

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