Teen dies after car tire goes flat

Published 11:01 am Friday, April 13, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul man was struck and killed by his own car.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the 19-year-old man was in the eastbound lanes of Highway 55 on the Mendota Bridge around 5:30 p.m. Thursday when a tire blew on his 1998 Nissan Maxima.

The patrol says he continued to drive a short distance before trying to get out of the moving vehicle. KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/HzBuKe ) says the man’s foot got caught, causing him to fall into the traffic lane, where he was run over by his car.

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The incident closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 55 over the bridge for more than two hours.