Owner and dog reunited after terrifying metal cargo accident on I-17

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(Source: Arizona Humane Society) (Source: Arizona Humane Society)
(Source: Arizona Humane Society) (Source: Arizona Humane Society)
(Source: Arizona Humane Society) (Source: Arizona Humane Society)

It was a happy reunion Wednesday for a Phoenix man and his dog who were involved in a terrifying accident on I-17 last week.

[READ MORE: Metal cargo smashes through SUV's windshield]

Last Thursday, Philip Roklen and his 4-year-old German Shepherd Jessie were caught in a frightening crash, when a load of corrugated metal sheets smashed through his windshield.

Apparently, the driver the SUV rear-ended the flat-bed truck carrying an extended load.

It happened at approximately 7 a.m. on Thursday on southbound Interstate 17 between Glendale Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Roklen was rushed to the hospital with a serious eye injury.

Rocklen's service dog Jessie did not to suffer any injuries. The dog ended up at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) as part of their Emergency Service program which provides a safe haven for pets whose owners are temporarily hospitalized. 

Man and man's best friend were finally brought back together  Wednesday, and it was a sweet reunion.

When asked about the accident, Roklen replied saying “Jessie saved my life, and if I hadn’t leaned over a few inches to brace Jessie for impact, the metal rod would’ve gone straight through my face instead of brushing my ear.”

Roklen says he was relieved to know that Jessie was well-cared for at AHS while he recovered from injuries in the hospital.

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