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Minnesota teen climbs to safety after rain washes out road

OLIVIA, Minn.—A 16-year-old driver was had to climb to safety after the car he was driving plunged into a crevasse after heavy rains washed out a road south-central Minnesota.

The driver was wearing his seatbelt and the driver's airbag deployed as the vehicle stood nearly vertical in the gap left by the washed out culvert on a township road. The driver was able to escape on his own by crawling out of a rear door on the 2002 Buick Park Avenue, according to Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable.

Officers used a drone to determine whether they could safely approach the site on foot, the sheriff said. The sheriff's office posted a video on Facebook showing the car that nose-dived into the gap.

The accident happened sometime before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3. Heavy rains fell through the night and into the morning daylight hours in the southern portion of the county.

The washout was about two miles north of Redwood Falls. Rainfall amounts in in the area ranged from 4 to 7 inches.

The sheriff's office did not identify the driver.

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