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Published September 03, 2011, 01:59 PM

2 Minnesota men escape before car sinks in pond

ST. AUGUSTA, Minn. (AP) — Stearns County authorities say two men are safe after they managed to escape from their sinking car.

ST. AUGUSTA, Minn. (AP) — Stearns County authorities say two men are safe after they managed to escape from their sinking car.

The sheriff's office says 29-year-old Benjamin Charles Lortz of St. Cloud was driving Saturday about 1:30 a.m. when he lost control while turning a corner. The vehicle went off the road and landed in a holding pond.

Lortz was able to get out. His passenger, 19-year-old Cody Thomas Erickson of Kimball, also escaped but with minor cuts on his arm.

The car eventually sank.

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