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Rollover Into Water, Family Escapes Before Vehicle Catches Fire

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police (DSP) are investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday night and are asking for the public’s help in locating an involved vehicle that fled the scene.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:46 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2019, on Lancaster Pike in the area of Hercules Rd. A 2003 Ford Escape, operated by a 42-year-old West Grove, Pennsylvania man, was traveling westbound on Lancaster Pike in the right lane approaching Hercules Road. A second vehicle that could only be described as possibly a white Tahoe, was also traveling westbound on Lancaster Pike and changed from the left lane into the right lane forcing the Ford off the roadway, according to DSP  Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin. The Ford traveled off the right side of the road, first striking a guardrail and then a concrete barrier. The Ford then went over the concrete barrier and down an approximate 40 foot embankment, coming to rest on its roof in a body of water.

In addition to the driver, the Ford was also occupied by a 31-year-old Hockessin woman and a 17-day old female, all of which were able to exit the vehicle before it caught fire.

The driver and the adult female, who were properly restrained, were treated at Christiana Hospital for minor injuries. The infant who was also properly restrained was also transported for evaluation.

There was no contact between the Ford and the other vehicle, however, Troopers are still attempting to locate it and identify the driver as part of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cpl. E. Marchione at Troop 1 by calling 302-761-6677.

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