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Man and his dog escape fiery accident

Search is begun after pet flees

A car rolled over and burst into flames Monday on Route 24 in Brockton, The driver was treated for minor injuries.
George Rizer for The Boston Glob
A car rolled over and burst into flames Monday on Route 24 in Brockton, The driver was treated for minor injuries.

A 20-year-old man and his dog were able to escape from their vehicle after it rolled over and was engulfed in flames on Route 24 in Brockton early Monday, State Police said.

Troopers responded to northbound lanes of Route 24, just south of Exit 17, at 6:08 a.m., where they found a Saturn sedan rolled over and in flames, State Police said.

The driver, a Taunton man, and his dog were able to get out of the car safely before troopers arrived, State Police said.

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The man was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

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Troopers were not able to locate the dog, which was not injured, after it ran from the vehicle.

It is not clear how the crash occurred. Troopers were investigating, State Police said.

The accident caused major congestion on Route 24 during the start of the morning commute.

West Bridgewater animal control officers and volunteers have been searching for Lulu, the man’s small black pit-bull, said Jeni Mather, an animal control officer and owner of J.M. Pet Resort

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“There is a group of about 10 of us, and we have been looking all over since 1 [p.m.] in the rain,” Mather said just after 9 p.m. Monday. “We are determined to get her.”

Lulu was last seen shortly after 8:30 p.m. near the Belmont West Apartments in Brockton, when she popped her head out of the woods and then took off, Mather said.

Earlier in the day she was seen running in traffic on Route 123.

Anyone with information is asked to call J.M. Pet Resort at 508-588-5661 between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. or contact West Bridgewater police at 508-586-2525. After hours, people can reach Mather at 508-294-3951.

Globe correspondent Haven Orecchio-Egresitz contributed. Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@
globe.com
. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenDezenski.