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Originally published Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

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Dropped soda blamed for semitruck collision

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There are many excellent truckers out there, but we also have seen a rash of accidents ... MORE
Driving Rule #1: drive the vehicle. Driving Rule #2: refer to rule #1 MORE
I agree with you Sea68. I would add, where is the speed limit enforcement for truckers... MORE

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KENNEWICK — An accident that injured the drivers of two semi-trucks is being blamed on a truckerwho reached for 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 leaned 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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