Dropped soda blamed for semi-truck collision

June 15, 2013 

— An accident that injured the drivers of two semi-trucks is being blamed on a can of soda.

James Gill, 42, of Kennewick, dropped a can of soda on the floorboard of his 2010 Freightliner while driving on Interstate 82 about seven miles south of Kennewick just before 4 p.m. Friday, the Washington State Patrol said.

Officials said Gill then reached down to pick up the can and struck a 2007 Freightliner driven by Edward A. Dimmick, 56, of Kennewick, WSP said.

Gill was treated and released at Kennewick General Hospital, according to hospital officials. There were no records of Dimmick being admitted, although WSP officials said he was transported to KGH.

Gill faces second-degree negligent driving charges, WSP said.


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