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Milton man critically injured in school bus crash

A school bus and car collided near the crossover of Reynolds Road and Route 1 northbound. MELISSA STEELE PHOTO
September 13, 2017

Story Location:
Route 1
Reynolds Road
Milton  Delaware
United States

A 26-year-old Milton man remains in critical condition after his car ran into a school bus Sept. 13 that was in a crossover on Route 1.

The man was driving a 2010 Chrysler Sebring northbound on Route 1 approaching the intersection at Reynolds Road while a 2017 Blue Bird school bus driven by a Milford man, 73, was stopped in the median crossover at the intersection waiting to turn northbound on Route 1, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.  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 direction, Fournier said. The Sebring then entered the crossover and the left side of the car struck the right side of the bus and went partially under the bus before coming to a stop.

The 26-year-old driver was trapped 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 is in critical condition, Fournier said.

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, Fournier said.  An 11-year-old Mariner Middle girl was not transported from 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 its investigation into this incident. Alcohol and drug impairment do not appear to be a factor. No charges have been filed at this time. Route 1 northbound at Reynolds Road was closed for about two and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

 

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.