Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Milton – The Delaware State Police are continuing to investigate a serious crash that occurred north of Milton earlier this afternoon.
The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday September 13, 2017 as a 26-year-old Milton man was operating a 2010 Chrysler Sebring northbound on Coastal Highway (SR1) approaching the intersection at Reynolds Road. A 73-year-old Milford man was operating a 2017 Blue Bird school bus and was stopped in the median crossover at the intersection waiting to turn northbound on SR1. For unknown reasons, the Chrysler exited the west side of the roadway and entered into the grassy median while beginning to turn in a slight clockwise rotation. The Sebring then entered the crossover and the left side of the car struck the right side of the bus and partially under rode the bus before coming to a stop.
The 26-year-old operator of the Chrysler was entrapped in the car before being freed by firefighters from Milton Fire Company. He was initially transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare and was later transferred to Christiana Medical Center where he was admitted in critical condition.
The 73-year-old bus driver and a 12-year-old male student from Mariner Middle School in Milton, were both checked out by medical personnel and were found to be uninjured in the crash. An 11-year-old female student that was on the bus, was not transported on scene, but later responded with her parents to Bayhealth Milford Memorial where she was being treated for an undetermined injury.
The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Alcohol and drug impairment to not appear to be a factor. No charges have been filed at this time. SR1 northbound at Reynolds Road was closed for approximately two and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier
Released: 091317 2000