Minquadale – At approximately 3:40 Thursday afternoon, New Castle County Paramedics and surrounding fire companies and police officers were dispatched to the unit block of Memorial Drive in Garfield Park for a motor vehicle crash involving an Eisenberg Elementary school bus.
When officers arrived they found that the bus, with twenty-two students on board, was involved in an accident with a passenger car containing four teenage girls.
As crews arrived on scene they began calling for additional ambulances, rescue crews, and aviation. Minquadale Command then declared a Level 2 Mass Casualty Incident which brought additional resources to the scene.
As crews accessed the scene they found a total of six patients. The first patient, a 16-year-old-female, suffered a head injury. The second patient, a 16-year-old-female, suffered injuries to her abdomen. These patients were transported to Christiana Hospital via Holloway Terrace and Wilmington Manor Fire Company ambulances accompanied by New Castle County Paramedics. Both patients were in serious condition at the time of transport.
The third patient, a 16-year-old-female, suffered injuries to her chest and abdomen. She patient was transported to Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children via Delaware State Police helicopter. She patient was in serious condition at the time of transport, according to NCC Paramedic Spokeswoman Corporal Yvonne T. Russell.
The fourth patient, a 9-year-old boy on the bus, suffered injuries to his chest. The fifth patient, a 9-year-old boy also from the bus, suffered injuries to his ear. Both of these patients were transported to Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children via Wilmington Manor and Five Points Fire Company accompanied by emergency medical technicians. Both patients were in stable condition at the time of transport.
The sixth patient, a 16-year-old-girl, and the driver of the passenger car was pronounced dead on the scene.
Investigators from the New Castle County Division of Police Traffic Services Unit are investigating the accident.