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State Patrol: Teen lucky to survive distracted-driving crash

They're using the photos as a reminder to stay focused on the roads.

A 17-year-old driver is lucky to be alive following a distracted-driving crash earlier this month, and the Minnesota State Patrol is using it as a reminder to remain focused on the roads, especially this holiday season. 

According to the State Patrol, the teen was looking at directions on his phone when he slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 494 near Hwy. 52 on Dec. 10. 

The photos show the front end of the SUV he was in completely smashed and the windshield pushed near where the teen was sitting. 

“Distracted driving, it changes lives, and thankfully this person was not injured severely and it could’ve been a lot worse,” said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank in an interview with Fox 9

According to the Minnesota Department of Traffic Safety, there have been 365 deaths on Minnesota roads this year, which is already seven more than there were all of 2017. At this point last year there were 335 fatalities. 

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