The driver of an 18-foot Majestic motorhome pulled over to the side of the road and then made an illegal U-turn, blocking both lanes of traffic on Highway 101 in Washington. An 81-year-old man, driving a 1993 37-foot Kountry Aire motorhome towing a Suzuki Forenza, could not avoid hitting the smaller motorhome. His 97-year-old passenger was injured and flown to the hospital.
Not too many details are known but certainly the driver making the U-turn did not look carefully before starting his turn. Since the highway was only two lanes at that point, he blocked both lanes while making the turn. There was not room for a large rig to avoid him. The crash happened on Highway 101, which is a major highway. Definitely not a smart thing to do. The driver of the Kountry Aire certainly didn't expect a vehicle to pull out and block the lane. He may have been close enough that he had no time to react. Perhaps, and I only say perhaps because I don't know, he should have allowed more distance. His reaction times are probably slower and he was driving a large rig plus towing a car making it harder to stop quickly. It does remind us, however, to drive defensively; to expect the unexpected. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak