Truck overturned by winds on Highway 240

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 11, 2014 

Strong winds knocked over a semi-truck on Highway 240 early Saturday, injuring the driver.

Marshall Kelly, 53, of Puyallup, was driving west on the highway west of Richland when a gust of wind pushed his trailer over about 7 a.m., said the Washington State Patrol. Authorities said they did not have information about what was being hauled in the trailer.

Kelly was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. Hospital staff said he was not listed as a patient Saturday night. A weather station at Hanford recorded steady winds of 39 mph gusting to as high as 76 mph at the time of the crash, said the National Weather Service. Strong winds in the region also reduced visibility because of dust.

Today's forecast calls for a slight chance of rain with a high of 52. A high wind warning of 60 mph gusts was in place until the early morning hours, but winds the rest of the day should be about 23 mph with gusts of 33 mph.

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