At least one person is dead after a bus accident happened near Route 896 in Newark-Delaware at 5:30 in the afternoon.
According to officials, the mishap involved a Bolt Bus and a car. Reported casualties were 1 dead and 10 hurt; one critically injured. State police were able to release more details about the accident this morning on an I-95 crash involving a bus and a car. The accident snarled the evening rush-hour traffic near Newark for hours last Wednesday
Police reported that a pregnant woman from Maryland was confirmed dead in a two-vehicle crash between a Bolt bus and a car Wednesday night on I-95. Aside from one fatality, there were three other people transported to the hospital and gridlocked rush-hour traffic for hours.
The fatality was identified as Toni Marie Koetzle, 24, a resident of Halethorpe, Md. Koetzle, who was not using a safety belt, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Newark, state police spokesman Cpl. John Day stated that the 5:30 p.m. crash brought rush-hour traffic to a standstill on southbound I-95 north of Del. 896.
One of the passengers in Koetzle’s 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo identified as 41-year-old Trae Miller, a resident of North East, Md. , was airlifted to the hospital and was pronounced in critical condition.
Koetzle was going southward along the right lane of I-95 when, for an unknown reason, her vehicle swerved over several lanes of the highway near Del. 896. The vehicle collided with a 2008 Prevost bus that was traveling in the left lane.
Due to the impact, the car twirl onto the grassy median and overturned many times until it finally rested on its wheels.
Bolt Bus driver Mamadou Badiane, 47, resident of Maryland who was traveling along the median, stopped. Maureen Richmond, a spokeswoman for the company said that Badiane has been driving the Bolt Bus since April 2010. She added that the company’s thoughts and prayers are with both the individual in the vehicle and their family.
Two passengers from the bus, whose names were not released, were treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released soon after.
Spokesman John H. Farrell IV of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Fire Company said the bus was carrying 32 passengers and there were seven other people who sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment.
Three southbound lanes and one northbound lane of I-95 were closed for four hours while troopers investigated the crash and the wreckage was cleared.
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