UPDATE: Troopers continue to investigate fatal Bridgeville crash
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit reports it is still investigating a fatal crash involving a DART bus and an SUV that happened east of Bridgeville, early Friday morning.
According to the report, the incident happened around 5:45AM, as Tina M. Caputo, 52, of Milton was driving a 2015 Jeep Latitude and was stopped on the westbound shoulder of Seashore Highway, west of Cannon Road.
Officials say that Estaban Vicente-Morales, 46, of Georgetown, was driving a 2009 Gillig 6-wheel D.A.R.T. commuter bus eastbound on Seashore Highway in the same general area as Caputo.
The Jeep then apparently made a U-turn from the westbound shoulder directly in front of the bus. As a result, the front of the bus is reported to have hit the right side of the Jeep in the eastbound travel lane. Officials say that after the impact, the Jeep rotated violently in a clockwise direction and went off the south side of road where it overturned onto its left side.
The DART bus was able to continue in the eastbound travel lane, where it eventually came to a controlled stop.
Officials report that Tina Caputo was properly restrained, however she was pronounced dead as the scene.
Estaban Vicente-Morales was also noted to have been properly restrained, and was taken by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the report, there were six adult passengers on the bus who were going from the Bridgeville area to Georgetown. The bus apparently is not equipped with seatbelts for the passengers, and they all were taken by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident, but officials say that speed and alcohol were not a factor on the behalf of either driver.