ZILLAH, Wash. -- A blown tire caused a motor home towing a race car in a trailer to go into the Yakima River on Monday, injuring one person and causing a fuel spill, according to authorities.
Matthew M. Woodward, 36, of Lakewood, Calif., was driving east on Interstate 82 about a mile east of the Meyers Road exit when his Providence Fleetwood motor home blew a tire shortly after noon, according to the Washington State Patrol. The RV and towed race car went into the river, the State Patrol reported.
Woodward and three other people, including a 3-year-old girl, were able to get out of the motor home, according to the news release. One of Woodward’s passengers, Naomi Woodward, 37, was taken to Astria Toppenish Hospital; her condition was not immediately available.
Troopers did not specify what type of race car was in the trailer.
A Yakama Nation hazardous materials team and the state Department of Ecology were on the scene putting a floating boom in the river to contain diesel and high-octane gasoline that were leaking from the vehicles, Ecology spokeswoman Joye Redfield-Wilder said.
It is not known how much fuel was in the vehicles, Redfield-Wilder said.