As reported last week, a fatal collision between a truck trailer and a passenger car in north Pacific County remains under investigation. The Washington State Patrol wishes to emphasis that no official blame has been assigned.

“Officially, no determination has been made at this point, as to fault for the collision,” Washington State Patrol Sgt. Brad Moon said Wednesday. “Until the reports are completed and approved, we will not be commenting on the primary cause of the collision.”

Report to news media concerning fatal accident

This is the “Press Memo” sent by the Washington State Patrol to news media concerning the fatal crash north of Raymond last week. The portion setting out details of the accident is under “Description.”

The Chinook Observer‘s news story and editorial comment on the subject are based on the Washington State Patrol’s accident report for news media and a follow-up question, which established a rock hauler was involved. The report indicates the second of two rock trailers was in the wrong lane at the time of the collision.

The focus of our editorial position is that area highways are ill-equipped to handle a large increase in heavy truck traffic. Based on the initial reports, we do not suggest culpability on the part of drivers or individual employers.

A truck pictured in an online version of our story was not involved in last week’s accidents, nor was it identified as such in the photo caption. It was pictured as an example of heavy rock trucks using narrow coastal highways. We apologize for any upset this caused that truck’s owner/driver.

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