Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that took place Thursday morning three miles west of Richland.

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The collision occurred on State Route 240 near State Route 225 just after 5:30 am.

66-year old Gerald Harris of Benton City was killed in the crash involving a Volkswagon Jetta and semi.

State Route 240 was shut down for a time during the morning commute. The road re-opened at 7 am.

After investigation, it was determined that Harris was traveling Northbound on State Route 225 approaching the intersection of State Route 240. The 27-year old semi-driver was traveling eastbound on 240 at the same time. Harris failed to yield right of way and was hit by the semi.

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