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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Vehicles Collide - Mass Casualty Incident - Level 1 - John J. Williams Highway & Hollymount Road


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Sunday May, 31 2009 @ 15:53:15 Nature: Traffic/Transportation Acdnt ALS Address: John J Williams Hwy & Hollymount Road, Lewes, DE 19958 On mid-afternoon Sunday, May 31st, the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a personal injury vehicle collision involving multiple vehicles and potential occupant ejections and numerous entrapments as reported to the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center. The incident location was John J. Williams Highway near the intersection of Hollymount Road just west of Burton’s Pond. This incident was classified as a Level 1 Mass Casualty Incident which is defined as having five (5) or less personal injuries and requiring multiple emergency response entities which include multiple paramedic units from the Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (EMS); multiple EMS Basic Life Support (BLS) Units which were ambulances from Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company, Milton Volunteer Fire Company, Lewes Volunteer Fire Company, Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Mid Sussex Rescue Squad; as well as multiple aviation units which included but not limited to the Trooper 2 from the Delaware State Police and Life Net Medivac. Initial reports for the responding emergency response units identified a three vehicle collision, with potential occupant ejections times three; and possibly two occupant entrapments within their motor vehicles. It appears that a maroon Ford Taurus was traveling westbound on John J. Williams Highway; a maroon GMC conversion van was traveling east on John J. Williams Highway; and a silver Plymouth mini-van was traveling south on Hollymount Road. It appears that the point of impact for the vehicles was in the middle of the intersection with the Ford Taurus striking the Dodge mini-van. The Ford Taurus careened off the roadway into an adjacent field while the Plymouth mini-van spun and was struck by the GMC conversion van. The Ford Taurus sustained significant front end and right passenger side damage while the Plymouth min-van sustained substantial front end and left driver side damage. The Ford Taurus required vehicle extrication measures to be implemented. The Incident Command responsibilities were assigned to Jason Faulkner riding as the apparatus response officer on the first arriving unit. The next due emergency response units were assigned to coordinate the following duties and responsibilities which included but not limited to: vehicle stabilization; patient triage, assessment, stabilization and packaging preparation for transport to nearby medical facilities; traffic control and detour assignments; vehicle extrication measures; implementation of procedures for aviation loading zones and incident rehabilitation for emergency response personnel. This incident required two vehicle occupants to be flown to Christiana Hospital in New Castle County via the aforementioned aviation units. The emergency response ground units provided transportation to the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. Both roadways (John J. Williams Highway and Hollymount Road) were closed for the duration of the incident which required the Delaware State Fire Police to coordinate traffic detours and await specialized sign board units from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DELDOT). The incident is under investigation by the Delaware State Police which requested the Fatal Accident and Reconstruction Unit to be alerted for an additional evaluation. Additional information may be obtained by viewing: WGMD Radio Station: News Journal website: WBOC website: Delaware State Police Press Releases: State of Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of State Police Superintendent Thomas F. Mac Leish Serious Crash Sends Several to Area Hospitals Released- Monday, June 01, 2009 Lewes-The investighation into the below crash revealed that Mr. Cooper (1993 Plymouth Van) was traveling southbound on Hollymount Road approaching the “T” intersection of Hollymount Road and SR 24. Mr. Manchor (2003 Ford Taurus) was traveling westbound on SR 24 approaching Hollymount Road. Mr. Grove (1992 GMC Van) was traveling eastbound on SR 24. Mr. Cooper failed to stop at the posted stop sign on Hollymount Road and attempted to make a left turn onto SR 24 causing his Plymouth mini van to be struck on the left front bumper by the right front bumper and fender of the Ford Taurus. The Taurus continued onto the grassy south edge of the road where it came to rest. The Plymouth then rotated clockwise and it's front collided with the front of the GMC van where both vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lane of SR 24. None of the occupants in Mr. Cooper's vehicle were seatbelted, nor was Mr. Powell (rear seat of Ford Taurus). All other occupants were properly restrained. CORRECTION: Christine Fox was the rear seat passenger of the Plymouth mini van. William Spence was thwe front seat passenger of the Plymouth mini van. This investigation is ongoing. ___________________________________________________________ PRELIMINARY RELEASE Serious Injury Crash Sends Several to Area Hospital Released-Sunday, May 31, 2009 Lewes-Shortly before 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, Troop 7 patrol troopers responded to Route 24 at Holly Mount Road for reports of a serious crash. Details of this crash are sketchy, however, the initial investigation revealed that David Cooper, 30 of Millsboro was operating a 1993 Plymouth Mini-van at the time of the crash. Mr. Cooper was not injured, however, his front seat passenger, Christine Fox, 34, of Millsboro was airlifted to Christiana Emergency Room after being ejected from the vehicle. Mrs. Fox’s injuries have not been confirmed. Mr. Cooper’s rear passenger, William Spence, 16, of Millsboro, was transported by ambulance to Beebe Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Nicholas J. Manchor, 53, of Millsboro was operating a 2003 Ford Taurus at the time of the crash. Mr. Manchor was transported by ambulance to Beebe Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Manchor’s front seat passenger, Carol Manchor was air lifted to Christiana Emergency Room with non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Manchor’s rear passenger, James Powell, 28, of Vorhees, NJ was transported by ambulance to Christiana Emergency Room with non-life threatening injuries. Another rear seat passenger in Mr. Manchor’s vehicle was uninjured. G. Gardner Grove, 52, of Lewes was operating a 1992 GMC van. Mr. Grove was alone in his vehicle and he was uninjured. Alcohol is suspected on the part of Mr. Cooper. An updated release will be submitted when additional details are known and confirmed.