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Driver bends down to pick up food, sends his pickup airborne

Police say alcohol was also a factor.

A driver who crashed in central Minnesota had bent down to pick up some dropped food moments earlier.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the 51-year-old man from Amery, Wisconsin, was driving his Ford F-150 east on County Road 75 when the crash happened over the weekend.

He lost control of his vehicle, sending it into the south ditch. He then hit a field approach, sending the pickup airborne.

Investigation by police found that the driver "was reaching for food that had fallen onto the seat and floor" prior to the crash.

"Alcohol also appears to be a factor in the crash," the sheriff's office said.

The driver suffered serious injuries, and was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment.

The Minnesota DPS advises drivers to avoid eating or drinking while behind the wheel, which has the potential to land a driver with a citation for distracted driving. 

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