Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon on Lewes-Georgetown Highway (Route 9) west of EbbTide Drive, Lewes, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.
Hatchell said on Friday, April 15, 2022, at approximately 2:10 p.m., a 2012 Honda CR-V, was traveling eastbound on Lewes-Georgetown Highway (Route 9), approaching the intersection at Ebb Tide Drive. At this time a 2009 Ram 1500 was traveling westbound on Lewes-Georgetown Highway, crossing the intersection at Ebb Tide Drive. A non-contact vehicle was stopped eastbound waiting to turn left onto Ebb Tide Drive. A second non-contact vehicle was slowing to a stop behind this vehicle.
The operator of the Honda failed to observe the stopped traffic ahead, and in an attempt to avoid a collision, swerved left into the westbound lane said Hatchell. The Ram also swerved towards the shoulder, to avoid the Honda, but the front of both vehicles struck in a near head-on collision. After impact, the Honda overturned and struck a utility pole before coming to rest off the roadway. The Ram came to rest in the same area as the impact.
There were five occupants inside of the Honda.
An 18-year-old male of Bear, DE was flown to Christiana Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
A 17-year-old female of Bear, DE was transported to Beebe Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
An 18-year-old female of Wilmington, DE was flown to Christiana Hospital in critical condition.
A 16-year-old female of Middletown, DE was flown to Christiana Hospital in critical condition
A 17-year-old male of Middletown, DE was transported to Beebe Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.
At this time the operator of the Honda has not been confirmed said Hatchell. This remains an active and ongoing investigation.
The 77-year-old male operator of the Ram was treated and released at an area hospital for minor injuries.
The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours while the investigation was completed, and the roadway was cleared.
Yesterday’s Breaking Report
Rescue crews from several fire companies are on scene on Lewes Georgetown at Ebb Tide Drive in Lewes for a serious accident with injuries.
Upon arrival, crews reported one vehicle rolled over. Early reports indicate that two patients have been freed after being trapped.
Command is reporting a total of six patients.
We are working on additional details. We do know that three helicopters are responding to the accident.
Avoid the area. Use alternate routes.
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