Semi-truck crashes west of Richland

An early-morning crash on Highway 240 west of Richland injured a Benton City man.

The crash happened about 4:20 a.m. as Floriberto Pimentel-Flores, 33, was driving a semi-truck west on the highway, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The semi gradually went off the highway to the right and Pimentel-Flores overcorrected, troopers said. The vehicle tipped over in the eastbound lane.

Pimentel-Flores was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, troopers said. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Troopers said the crash was caused by inattention. Pimentel-Flores was reportedly cited for negligent driving.

The semi had some damage and was towed from the scene.