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Puckett: Dropped Phone Caused Crash

April 10, 1998

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Former Minnesota Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett says his auto accident this week was caused by a dropped cellular phone.

Puckett needed 20 stitches to close a scalp wound after his sport-utility vehicle rolled over Sunday.

He and his father-in-law, Allan Hudson, were returning from a fishing trip when the phone fell to the floor and Puckett bent down to pick it up.

``Suddenly my father-in law said for me to watch out,″ Puckett was quoted as saying in Friday’s Star Tribune. ``I tried to pull back and the car just started fishtailing. I was not speeding at all. Before I knew it, the car flipped over three times and landed on its roof.″

Puckett spent the night in a hospital, while Hudson was only bruised.

Both were wearing seat belts.

``What is going to happen will happen,″ Puckett said. ``It was kind of scary because I have never been in anything like that. But it turned out all right.″

Puckett retired in 1996 after glaucoma blinded his right eye, but his vision problems do not prohibit him from driving.

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