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Woman breaks leg after being run over by her own minivan

She was airlifted to the Twin Cities with serious injuries.

A woman from Courtland is in hospital after running herself over with her minivan.

The freak accident happened on Monday morning outside a property on Zimmerman Road in the Nicollet County town, a few miles southeast of New Ulm.

The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office says the minivan belonging to 73-year-old Suzanne Zimmerman started rolling backwards.

Zimmerman attempted to get back into the van so she could stop it, but was instead knocked down by the driver's side door.

The front tire then ran over Zimmerman's leg, breaking it.

Emergency services arrived a short time later after being called at 11:30 a.m., with Zimmerman airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with serious injuries.

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It's not been made clear how the car started rolling back, but this incident serves as a warning to ensure your vehicle is securely parked, as this kind of thing happens more often than you think.

In March, a 67-year-old woman from Rubicon, Wisconsin, was seriously injured when her car started rolling backward as she put a child in their car seat, after she'd left the vehicle in neutral.

A 69-year-old woman in Wellington, Florida died that same month when she got out of her SUV while it was still in reverse, before it rolled over her legs.

And Hollywood actor Anton Yelchin was killed in 2016 when his SUV rolled backward and pinned him against his mailbox and security fence, though his family won a lawsuit against Chrysler after it emerged his vehicle had confusing gear shifters.

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