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Woman who got head stuck in exhaust pipe: 'It did fit, but it didn't want to come back out.'

The 19 year old became an internet sensation after footage emerged of her predicament.

The Minnesota woman who unexpectedly became a viral hit has explained just how she got her head stuck in a truck's exhaust pipe.

Litchfield 19-year-old Kaitlyn Strom became an unlikely internet sensation thanks to a 5-second video of her with her head stuck in the tailpipe of a pickup truck.

It happened at the Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted, Minnesota this past weekend and video of her predicament has been viewed millions of times since.

On Wednesday, she spoke with the Hutchinson Leader and explained exactly how it came about.

“We were just all having fun and I saw this big exhaust pipe and I was like, ‘Hey, my head could probably fit in that,’" she told the newspaper, “so I tried it. It did fit, but it didn’t want to come back out.”

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The teenager was stuck for 45 minutes, with the local fire department eventually having to be called in to use a huge saw to free her head from the pipe.

The McLeod County Sheriff's Office told BMTN she was given a citation for a minor after the incident.

She told the Leader that she wasn't aware someone had filmed the situation until she saw it appear on Facebook early Saturday morning.

Saying it's "crazy" to suddenly be the subject of national headlines, she said she's been on the receiving end of some "cruel comments," saying people don't realize how serious her situation was.

This video posted by Billy Little has been viewed almost 3 million times as of Thursday lunchtime.

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