WAXAHACHIE (CBSDFW.COM) –  A truck driver told authorities Tuesday that he ran his 18-wheeler off Interstate 35 because he choked while drinking soda.

According to Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge, the driver was traveling northbound on I-35 when he took a sip and lost control of his truck.

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It skidded down an embankment, slammed into a drainage ditch and shot up on U.S. Highway 287 before coming to a stop between two concrete bridge pillars, Edge said.

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The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash. U.S. 287 was closed for a few hours for cleanup and investigation. The highway was reopened Tuesday afternoon.

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Edge said none of the roads suffered any structural damage, although the Texas Department of Transportation will have to replace a section of guardrail that the truck took out.