A test drive of a motorhome took an unexpected turn Friday afternoon (June 29) when a reported mechanical failure caused the driver to lose control and crash into a house in Federal Way, Wash., emergency officials said.
The occupants of the house, in the 500 block of Marine Hills, were not home at the time of the accident, and there were no other witnesses to the crash KOMO News, Seattle, reported.
The 34-year-old driver disentangled himself from the wreckage and wandeedr around the neighborhood with a bloody head wound, looking for help, said Gordon Olson of South King Fire & Rescue.
When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they discovered that the impact of the crash had severed the natural gas meter at the house, releasing volumes of high-pressure gas into the neighborhood. Nearby homes were evacuated until a Puget Sound Energy crew could secure the leak.
The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation of his head laceration.
Olson said South King Fire & Rescue units were at the scene for nearly six hours. The department’s technical rescue team was called in to help a commercial tow truck extricate the motorhome from the house as safely as possible.
Federal Way’s building department will follow up with a structural safety survey of the house. Federal Way Police Department is investigating the crash.