USA Today is reporting about a bus crash in Delaware that has claimed the life of at least one person. The accident that happened on Red Lion Road in Delaware has also resulted in several injuries. According to a Delaware State Police Spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack, traffic has been temporarily shut down in both the directions near Red Lion Road (Del. 71). Travelers deciding to take the route are being advised to divert their route along U.S. 13. The single fatality in the bus crash has been confirmed to be that of a woman who is yet to be identified.
“We have one dead, several critically injured and many of what we call the walking wounded,” Shavack said.
Police officials say that the bus overturned while it was southbound on Del.1. The accident, the cause of which is yet to be determined, happened at around 4:20 p.m. ET. There were at least 50 people on board the bus at the time of the crash. Officials have also added that there were no other vehicles that appear to have been involved in this bus crash. At the time of publishing this article, several fire companies in and around the New Castle County were at the scene of the bus crash rendering assistance to victims. Meanwhile, helicopters from the Delaware State Police, as well one from the Maryland State Police, were pressed into service in order to airlift the critically injured to the nearby Christiana Hospital.
“We are trying to check on the origin of the bus because it has no discernible markings that we can tell where It came from,” Shavack added.
According to an eyewitness to the aftermath, 19-year-old Elvis D’cruz, they were the first ones to reach the site of the crash – even before the first responders arrived at the scene. He told a Star Tribune reporter that everyone inside the bus was in pain and appeared to be injured.
“There was not one person without blood on them.”
The Penn State Brandywine, Pennsylvania student added that several passengers were speaking different languages that included Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese. He and his friend also handed out the bare necessities they had with them in their first aid kit. According to D’Cruz, the bus had overturned on the off-ramp.
Meanwhile, officials from The National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to arrive on the scene of the bus crash to investigate the cause of it.
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