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High Winds Knock Semi Off Road Saturday Morning; Driver Taken to Hospital

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BENTON COUNTY, WA - High winds are to blame for an accident along State Route 240, Saturday morning.

Troopers say the driver of a semi-trailer truck was trying to pull over to the side of the road when a gust of wind caught his trailer and knocked the truck on its side; the accident happened about 16 miles west of Richland.

The driver was traveling about 10 to 15 miles per hour, at the time of the crash. However, winds were blowing around 60 miles per hour.

Troopers say it's important to be extra vigilant when driving in strong wind conditions. 

"Especially in this area, we have a lot of blowing sage brush and it can be pretty hazardous," said Trooper Oscar Garcia from the Washington State Patrol. "You get pretty good size sage brush blowing across the road and you hit too fast...[not good]. Just slow down, be a little careful and watch other traffic and what they're doing," he added. 

The driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He was transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.