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Published May 06, 2011, 01:39 PM

Warning: Driving on closed roads can be extremely dangerous

Enderlin, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A Ransom county woman is "lucky to be alive" after she was life-flighted after driving through a 10-foot deep road washout. The accident happened near Enderlin late last night. With a high number of road closures in the county, authorities are once again warning people of the dangers of driving on closed roads.

If you drive around Ransom County, you'll see plenty of these signs all over. More than 250-miles of road are closed around the county. And some drivers are just not getting the message.

These photos are from shortly after the accident. The woman had to be cut from her truck by the Jaws of Life. The washout is hard to see from a distance away, but up close, its 10-feet deep and 10 feet wide.

CHRIS SANDVIGRansom County Sheriff: "We have spent some time working particular areas that have been getting a lot of complaints. People are just driving around. People don’t seem to mind that the water is here."

Authorities are trying to keep up with each washout by putting up road closed signs. Sandvig says with all the rural and gravel roads in the county drivers should stay away from roads they're not familiar with.

Chris Sandvig: "Hopefully nobody has to go through this again. It's a tragedy when any accident happens, but we are just trying to keep people safe and doing our part to keep people safe coming through here."

Authorities say the airbags in the truck did not go off which added to her injuries, but as long as the signs are up drivers are asked to stay away. And this accident serves as a reminder to drivers this flood season they may not know what the road lays ahead.

The driver suffered a broken ankle and a severe cut to her head. She is expected to make a full recovery. It is a 100-dollar fine if you are caught driving around a road closed sign in Ransom County and there still is no travel advised throughout the county.

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