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(ROSCOMMON, Mich.) — A family in a minivan called 911 Wednesday morning when their car was stuck under a moving semi-truck in Michigan, police said.

A dispatcher received a call at 1:57 a.m. Wednesday from the family of Matthew Menz, 46, who was traveling northbound on I-75, south of Roscommon, Michigan, according to the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office.

Due to “poor visibility from the snow,” the minivan rear-ended the semi-truck pulling a large trailer, the sheriff’s office said. Police received a call from a passenger of the minivan, which was stuck.

“The caller’s minivan became lodged under the trailer and was being pulled down I-75 unbeknownst to the driver of the semi-truck,” police said in a statement.

The four minivan occupants could not see due to snow and couldn’t tell dispatchers their exact location, according to the sheriff’s office.

The 911 call between the minivan and the dispatcher reveals a tense situation.

“It was snow blinding. We ran into the back of a semi-truck and he’s not stopping and our car is embedded underneath of it,” the caller from the minivan said. “Our windshields have completely shattered. I can’t see nothing.”

“I just want to get off the back of this thing,” the caller added.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office eventually located the vehicle, south of Grayling on northbound I-75.

“Deputies successfully stopped the vehicles without incident, 16 miles from where the original collision had occurred,” police said. “The four occupants of the minivan were transported by ambulance to Grayling Mercy Hospital for evaluation. However, no serious injuries are suspected.”

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