According to the Washington State Patrol Officer Russ Winger, a motor home that was being towed by chains was crashed into the poles at the corner of Lily Wheaton Road and Highway 6 when the chains broke at around 3:30 am on Wednesday. The wreck was designated an “abandoned vehicle crash”, as the drivers of the second vehicle fled the scene before responders arrived.
“We don’t know who was driving exactly yet,” Winger said. “We’re still investigating.” There were no witnesses to the accident.”
The Raymond Fire Department and Pacific County Fire District #3 responded at 3:30 am to control all fire hazards, according to Gary Schwiesow of the Raymond Fire Department. The poles had snapped in half, with one half strewn across the highway along with wires and transformers. The fire department assisted law enforcement and the PUD by blocking the highway while the wires were cleared.
Although rumors have spread that the motor home served as a meth lab, Officer Winger denied them. “There was no notation or reference to any hazmat cleanup,” he said, referring to the incident report. “There would have been some type of hazmat response if it was suspected of being a meth lab. We have to call out specialized people to deal with toxic things. It was impounded to a local tow area - we would never do that for a toxic vehicle.”