Pickup truck goes off I-35 bridge, lands on railroad tracks

The vehicle landed on railroad tracks below the bridge near Owatonna.
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A driver had a lucky escape when their pickup truck went off a bridge on I-35 on Tuesday morning, landing on railroad tracks below.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. near Owatonna, with the State Patrol saying it happened when the driver spun out, before crashing over the bridge barrier.

They landed on the railroad tracks below, but fortunately there were no trains coming through in the aftermath of the crash.

The driver was able to escape the situation without suffering any serious injuries.

The driver of the pickup was using cruise control when they spun out, which the department stated is not a good idea in Minnesota winters. 

Holiday Automotive notes that drivers are at greater risk of hydroplaning on water, or losing control in slick conditions, if they're using cruise control rather than controlling the gas pedal themselves.

The pickup truck had to be lifted by crane off of the railroad tracks. 

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