Heavy Rain May Have Been A Factor In Crash That Killed One, 3 Others Transported

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Bridgeville – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred earlier today on Redden Road west of Chaplains Chapel Road, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred at approximately 3:14 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018, as a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado operated by an 82-year-old man of Bridgeville was traveling eastbound on Redden Road (CR 40), approximately .8 miles west of Chaplains Chapel Road (CR 42), negotiating a moderate right curve.

A 2008 Kia Sedona minivan operated by a 66-year-old man of Georgetown, was traveling westbound in the same general vicinity. Possibly due to torrential rainfall, the Chevrolet crossed the center line and entered the westbound lane directly into the path of the Kia, according to Jaffe. The left front of the Chevrolet struck the left front of the Kia, nearly head-on. After the impact, both vehicles rotated counterclockwise, coming to rest within 10 feet of the area of impact.

The 82-year-old operator of the Chevrolet, identified as Ernest B. McBroom was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. McBroom was not properly restrained and impairment is not considered a factor on his behalf.

The 66-year-old operator of the Kia was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries. He was properly restrained and impairment is not considered a factor on his behalf.

A 12-year-old passenger in the Kia who was properly restrained was also removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

A 9-year-old passenger in the Kia who was properly restrained in a booster seat was also removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she sustained no apparent injuries and was treated and released.

Redden Road west of Chaplains Chapel Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident.

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