Dog Behind the Wheel When Semi Crashes The truck hit a parked car and a tree in Minnesota By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Mar 5, 2016 4:14 PM CST 29 comments Comments A semi-truck with a dog in the driver's seat that crashed at a convenience store in Mankato, Minnesota, on Friday. (David Stegora via AP) (Newser) – One Minnesota dog has apparently learned a new trick: how to drive a semi-truck, the AP reports. Customers at a gas station in Mankato saw a golden Labrador retriever appear to drive the semi across a road on Friday. Police say the idling truck apparently was put into gear, then went through a parking lot, across the street, and over a curb. According to the Free Press of Mankato, a passer-by discovered the dog sitting in the driver's seat when he jumped into the truck to stop it. A man in the gas station heard the truck smash into a tree and a parked car. He couldn't see the driver, but he saw the dog climb up near the driver's side. Police say the driver had left the unoccupied truck running in a nearby parking lot.