Fiery Rollover Crash Leads To Mass Casualty Incident, Two Adults, Six Children Transported

Milford – Just before 11:40, Saturday evening rescue crews from Kent and Sussex Counties along with two helicopters from the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit were dispatched to a Route 1 Northbound in the area of Brick Granary Road for a rollover crash with multiple injuries reported.

While en route crews learned that there were multiple patients and that the vehicle was on fire. A Level One Mass Casualty Incident was then declared. Upon arrival, crews reported that the vehicle was fully involved.

After assessing the scene Command advised a total of seven patients (That later be changed to eight), two of which were Priority 1 (Very Serious). Kent Center advised that Trooper 2 was en route. Command requested Trooper 4 to respond as well.

The Delaware State Police said the incident occurred on July 11, 2020, at approximately 11:37 p.m., when a 2014 Dodge Durango was traveling southbound on Coastal Hwy (SR 1) just north of Brick Granary Road. For unknown reasons, the Durango exited the right side of the roadway and struck a guard rail and bridge wall/ barrier. This impact diverted the vehicle back across the roadway where it exited the southbound lanes and entered the grass median and overturned several times. All eight occupants were removed from the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in a fire.

The operator, a 31-year-old male from Philadelphia was not properly restrained. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. His girlfriend, a 28-year-old female passenger from Philadelphia was properly restrained. She was transported to the hospital and treated and released for minor injuries.

Officials said there were six children in the vehicle ranging from ages 10-2, all who were properly restrained, however, none were seated in child safety seats. Three of the children, two 3-year-olds, and a 6-year-old were transported to the hospital with critical injuries. The other three children, a 10-year-old and two 2-year-olds were also transported to the hospital where they were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Coastal Hwy northbound and southbound lanes in the area of Brick Granary Road was closed for approximately 4 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to please contact Troop 7, Cpl/3 K. Argo of the Collision Reconstruction Unit at (302) 703-3264.

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