MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol is warning against the dangers of distracted driving after a teenager crashed his vehicle into the back of a semi-truck.
Police say the 17-year-old was driving on Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights Dec. 10 when he became distracted by his cellphone and slammed into the back of the truck. Luckily, the teen survived.READ MORE: Prescription Drug Disposal Set Up For Nat'l Drug Take Back Day
He later admitted to police he had been looking at directions on his phone.READ MORE: St. Paul Police: Suspect Killed 55-Year-Old Man In Stolen Car
The state patrol says distracted driving is a leading cause of death on Minnesota roads, and authorities urge drivers to put away phones while operating their vehicles.MORE NEWS: Aromatherapy Spray From India Blamed For Illness That Sickened Minnesotan