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Teen crawls to safety after rolling her SUV in icy conditions

The crash happened on Friday evening in Stearns County.
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A teenage driver avoided serious injury despite having to crawl out of her SUV after a rollover crash in Stearns County.

The crash happened in icy conditions around 5 p.m. Friday on County Road 4 in Wendel Township.

The driver, 18-year-old Caitlin Popp of St. Joseph, was driving a 2006 Saturn Vue northbound when she made a wide turn north of 352nd Street.

Her vehicle hit a patch of ice on the shoulder of the road. As she tried to straighten her vehicle back onto the road, she over-corrected, causing the SUV to crash into the east ditch.

As it entered the ditch, it rolled onto its roof. Popp was able to crawl out of the vehicle, and walked to a nearby home to ask for help.

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She suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, and in a post on her Facebook page said she had her seatbelt to thank for it not being worse.

"Rolling my vehicle was more than terrifying, and it keeps replaying in my head over and over. Wear your seat belts," she wrote.

"Seriously. If I hadn't had mine on I would've been a lot worse off than I am now, because my car rolled two and a half times.

"With how crushed my car is, I'm honestly dumbfounded that I only got a few bruises out of it."

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