Benton City man dies from injuries after veering off I-182 into fence

POLICE LIGHTS - Eastern Washington

RICHLAND, Wash. — A 69-year-old man from Benton City died on Thursday after he veered off I-182 near the Richland city limits and crashed into a fence.

According to a press memo issued by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the accident occurred around 9:11 a.m. on Thursday, June 3. The driver, who has been identified by state troopers as Michael A. Mount, was headed westbound on I-812 at milepost five. His 1998 Buick LeSabre reportedly left the roadway and he collided with a fence.

First responders got on the scene and transported Mount to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Benton City man’s family was notified of his passing by Kadlec hospital staff.

The victim was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and impairment from drugs/alcohol was not a factor in this incident.

Another accident occurred on I-182 near Richland on Thursday morning. These are separate, unrelated incidents.

This is a breaking news story. An update or follow-up will be issued if further information is revealed by local authorities.

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