Man Involved In I-95 Bus Crash Cited With DUI

New Castle – Delaware State Police continue to investigate a three vehicle crash in which six people were injured that occurred late yesterday afternoon west of New Castle, According To Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale.

dart-bus-accidentPolice believe that the crash, that occurred on Monday, February 27, 2017 at approximately 5:52 p.m., began when James D. Mullin, 37, of Wilmington, was operating a 2001 Saab 9-5 and was traveling in the right center lane on southbound I-95 just south of DE Rt. 141 (Basin Road), according to Hale.

Hale said that investigators believe Mullin then made a sudden lane change and entered into the center lane of I-95 where his vehicle likely struck a 2013 Nissan Altima, which was being operated by Traimer L. Flowers, 21, of Newark.

The force of the impact caused the Altima to veer to its left where it then struck the front of a 2014 D.A.R.T. bus, which was being operated by Cooper G. Russell, 46, of Newark, said Hale. All three vehicles then left the east edge of the roadway where they came to rest.

Traimer Flowers, as well as a passenger in his vehicle, were treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. They were then transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where they were treated for their non-life threatening injuries.

Cooper Russell, as well as three passengers on the D.A.R.T. bus, were also treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to the Christiana Hospital. Their injuries were also non-life threatening.

James Mullin was not injured. He was cited by troopers with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Improper Lane Change, and Failure to Signal a Lane Change.

New Castle County Paramedics, Belvedere, Christiana, Minquas and Wilmington Manor Fire Companies were dispatched to I-95 Southbound near the Sandbox for a motor vehicle crash with reports of multiple patients, according to Yvonne Russell, NCC Paramedic’s Spokeswoman.

Russell said that upon arrival, County Paramedics found the vehicles involved in the crash, including the bus, off the roadway and in the median. There were a total of six patients at the scene.

The first patient, an unknown age female, sustained head injuries. The patient was transported via Minquas Fire Company ambulance with County Paramedics. The patient was in critical condition at the time of transport.

The second patient, a 21 year old male, suffered chest and back injuries. The patient was transported via Christiana Fire Company ambulance with County Paramedics. The patient was in serious condition at the time of transport.

The remaining four patients suffered minor injuries and were transported via Christiana, Belvedere, and Wilmington Manor Fire Company ambulances. All patients were transported to Christiana Hospital.

Original Story

New Castle – Delaware State Police are currently investigating a three vehicle crash which has injured six people that occurred late this afternoon near New Castle, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale.

Hale said that the initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 5:50 p.m. on I-95 southbound just south of DE Rt. 141, New Castle, and involves two passenger vehicles and a DART bus. Reports from the scene indicate that two people were trapped before being extracted and transported to the hospital.

As a result of the crash, six people have been injured and have been transported to local hospitals. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

The southbound lanes of I-95 south of Rt. 141 have been closed to traffic and commuters are asked to find alternate routes of travel.

The investigation into this crash is in its early stages.