ST. PAUL, Minn. - Anyone who braves the morning commute on a daily basis will tell you lots of strange things happen on the road.

But on Monday, something unusual happened "above" a Twin Cities Highway.

St. Paul Police and the State Patrol were notified when someone noticed a van hanging off a retaining wall on I-35E near the University Avenue exit.

Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulostells KARE 11 that the van was parked in the parking lot of First Baptist Church, and a68-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.

The man, identified only as Anthony, told reporters he was very scared when he awoke and found his van hanging over the precipice.

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 dogswere still inside. They were picked up and taken to a shelter.

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