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Month After Getting License, Teen Does This

Jaxon Lang uninjured after driving into gap in road
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2018 7:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – A month after getting his driver's license, a Minnesota teen sent his car nose-first into a gaping hole in the earth. Jaxon Lang was on his way to work at a farm Tuesday morning when the incident occurred, per WCCO. A video released by the Revile County Sheriff’s Office shows only the rear wheels and trunk of a car emerging from a chasm that spans a road, reportedly formed after an underground culvert was washed out.

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The 16-year-old escaped out the vehicle's back windows. He "was very lucky to have escaped without any injuries thanks in part to his seat [belt] and air bags," the sheriff's office says on Facebook. How Jaxon puts it: "It kind of sucks 'cause I don't have a car anymore. But could be worse." Despite numerous outlets referring to the gap as a sinkhole, NPR reports this specific type of erosion is called a "piping feature." Per WCCO, flash flood warnings were in effect for much of the region on Tuesday. (Read more Minnesota stories.)

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