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Trucker choking on Dr Pepper crashes into 23 new cars, cops say

A HeraldA milk tanker truck rests among new

A HeraldA milk tanker truck rests among new cars it crushed when the driver lost control and drove off North Hermitage Road and into the Montrose dealership in Hermitage, PA on Sept. 8, 2015. Credit: The Herald / Sandy Scarmack

HERMITAGE, Pa. - Police say the driver of a milk tanker truck was choking on a soft drink when he drove off a Pennsylvania highway and crashed into 23 new cars on a dealership lot.

Police in Hermitage say the driver choked on Dr Pepper on Sunday and drove the truck nearly 600 feet through a grassy area before smashing into a building at Montrose Buick-GMC-Cadillac.

The (Sharon) Herald reports the truck rumbled down an embankment before hitting the cars, including one that was pushed into the dealership showroom.

State police found no mechanical problems with the truck and no indication the driver tried to brake. The driver of the truck owned by Neimeyer Milk Transfer was cited for careless driving.

The Cedar Lake, Indiana-based company didn't immediately return a call Tuesday.

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