The Newark Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing to investigate a crash which now involves a fatality between a DART bus and a passenger car, which occurred at approximately 6:43 a.m. on Wednesday December 5, 2018 in the intersection of South College Avenue (SR 896) and West Chestnut Hill Road.
The initial investigation has determined that a 2003 Chrysler Sebring, operated by a 55-year-old male from Newark, was traveling eastbound on West Chestnut Hill Road and entered into the intersection of South College Avenue on a green light intending to continue straight through the intersection.
A 2014 DART bus, operated by a 54-year-old female from Wilmington, was traveling westbound on Old Chestnut Hill Road. The bus entered the intersection of South College Avenue on a green light intending to turn southbound on South College Avenue, when it turned left into the path of the Chrysler Sebring. The two vehicles collided head on.
The operator of the Chrysler Sebring, identified as 55-year-old Thomas Polis of Newark, was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital with life threatening injuries. Mr. Polis later succumbed to his injuries.
The operator of the DART bus was not injured. Six passengers from the DART bus were transported to the hospital for possible injuries.
Impairment of both operators is not being considered a factor in this investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this point in the investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Cpl. Robert Vernon at 302-366-7100 ext. 3452 or RVernon@newark.de.us
**Correction to the initial release, all patients were transported to area hospitals by ambulance, the helicopter was not utilized. **
South College Avenue (SR 896) and West Chestnut Hill Road are now open.
The Newark Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation into the crash, additional details will be released at a later time.
Newark Police are currently on the scene of a serious crash involving a DART bus at the intersection of South College Avenue (SR 896) and West Chestnut Hill Road. The intersection is shutdown completely for east/west traffic. Southbound South College Avenue is shutdown at Christina Parkway (SR 4). Northbound South College Avenue traffic is flowing slowly.
The Newark Police Department Traffic Unit is on the scene to investigate the crash and the roadways are expected to be closed for an extended period of time.
The crash involves a DART bus and another vehicle. At least seven (7) patients have been transported to area hospitals, including one patient who was transported by helicopter in serious condition.
The investigation is in its early stages and further information will be released at a later time.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area and to expect delays.