A PUPPY dog has survived the drive between Singleton and Branxton as a stowaway in the vehicle's engine.
According to Fire and Rescue NSW, an 18-month-old Jack Russell named Diesel "almost became a hot dog" after he snuck into the engine compartment of his owner's car on Tuesday.
Diesel travelled inside the engine for about 22 kilometres along the Hunter Expressway, with the car reaching speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour.
Luckily Diesel's owner heard howling in the car and pulled over in Branxton before discovering the stowaway and calling emergency services.
Firefighters from Branxton arrived on scene "but were not confident of a successful outcome".
"Diesel was worryingly quiet as the crew sought to free him from the car, but to his owner's delight he was pulled out relatively unharmed," a statement from NSW Fire and Rescue said.
Diesel was checked over by one of the attending firefighters, who is also a qualified emergency vet nurse and the pup was sent home, this time as a passenger inside the car.
He is now resting safely at home.
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