Check out this van dangling precariously above I-94 [UPDATE]

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-- Update at bottom --

Two lanes of I-94 eastbound through St. Paul were closed this morning as a van dangled precariously above the highway.

SEE ALSO: Dog gets on I-94, jukes out officials, causes traffic jam [VIDEO]

The image at the top of this post is a still from a traffic cam (via the Star Tribune). It shows the only thing keeping the van from crashing onto the highway at I-94 near Seventh Street was a metal fence.

It's unclear how the van got there in the first place, but given that the photo was taken at 8:40, we'd hope someone with towing capabilities has already come to its rescue.

:::: UPDATE ::::

The chain of events culminating in the van ending up in such a dangerous spot was weirder than you think. KARE 11 explains:
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KARE 11 on Twitter
This van hung above I-94 in St. Paul this morning.
Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos tells KARE 11 that the van was parked in the parking lot of First Baptist Church, and a 68-year-old man was sleeping inside when somehow it slipped into gear and began rolling. The only thing that stopped it from plunging on to the interstate below was a chain link fence.

MnDOT crews blocked off one lane of the freeway to ensure the safety of motorists. The vehicle was finally pulled onto solid ground by a tow truck just before 9 a.m.

Police say by the time they got there the man who was sleeping in the van was gone, but two pitbulls were still inside. They were OK.
Alrighty then.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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19 comments
Mark Witte
Mark Witte

lots of missing information. Maybe the dogs were driving. It looks like a nice big conversion van.

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

So is he coming back for the dogs? What's going to happen to them??

Karen Alkire
Karen Alkire

EEK! Glad no one was injured & the dogs are okay!

therightreverendlarr
therightreverendlarr

In the history of mankind, has there ever been a newspaper description of dangling, other than 'precariously'??

David Tesch
David Tesch

So the creepy owner was gone but his pit bulls were there. Seems legit.

Jack Skagnetti
Jack Skagnetti

Just dangle a couple children in front of the pit bulls and they'll come flying out of the van to latch on to their jugulars.

Antoinette Kay Kuhlmann
Antoinette Kay Kuhlmann

Ahh? Freddys back....... just watching Nightmare On Elm Street last night in a similar scenario w/ a school bus.. hmm...

Gramma Margie
Gramma Margie

I hope the van was righted and no one was hurt

Tanker10
Tanker10

@Jack Skagnetti You Sir are an Idiot , you no NOTHING about these Dogs . It's people like you that won't let this breed of Dogs be seen for how they really are . They are some of the kindest Dogs you will ever see , all they want is Love just like ANY other breed . There are NO BAD DOG'S just BAD OWNER'S .

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Tanker10 It's know, not no. Learn basic English before calling others an idiot.

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