Minivan Gets Dragged by Truck For 16 Miles in Snowstorm

Jan 09, 2015 03:00 PM EST | Matt Mercuro


A Michigan family is okay after their minivan they were in got stuck underneath a semi-trailer truck and dragged for 16 miles and 25 minutes through a snowstorm.

The couple, Matthew and Pamela Menz, called Roscommon County's 911 during the incident to describe how they became trapped.

"We ran into the back of a semi-truck and he's not stoppin', and our car is embedded underneath of it," Pamela Menz told the 911 operator, according to the Associated Press.

The two were with their adult children in their 2001 Toyota Sienna when Matthew Menz struck the rear end of the semi-truck during white-out conditions around 2 a.m.

"If you allow yourself to panic, you're kind of just useless," he told 24 Hour News 8. "There was time for that after we got stopped."

The impact shut down the minivan, disabling the heater and preventing the Menz from using their horn.

The windshield also shattered, and because of the whiteout the family wasn't able to give their exact location while on the phone with deputies who were trying to find the truck.

"We shouldn't be hard to find," said Matthew Menz. "If the van breaks out from underneath him, I don't have any control of this thing. Wherever your officers are I'd appreciate if they get in front of him and stop him."

Police confirmed to the Associated Press that the truck driver was not aware a minivan was lodged underneath his vehicle.

The truck and minivan was spotted by deputies from Crawford County on northbound 1-75 of Grayling. The driver immediately stopped when police approached and pulled the vehicle over into a rest area, unsure of the reason.

The family was then transported by ambulance for evaluation, though none of their injuries were serious. The van however is going to need some work. 

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