UPDATE: Smyrna woman dead after school bus and car crash

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has identified the 45-year-old Smyrna woman who was killed in the two vehicle crash, at Black Diamond Road yesterday morning, as Kelly Brandenburg.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.



A fatal crash involving a school bus and a car remains under investigation, after troopers say a woman was killed, in Smyrna.

Delaware State Police say on Tuesday, just after 6:00 AM, 60-year-old Michael Henry, of Smyrna, was driving a 2013 Blue Bird School Bus, while attempting to make a right turn from eastbound Black Diamond Road on to southbound US 13 (DuPont Parkway), in Smyrna. According to the report, as Henry was making the the right turn, he drove directly into the path of a 2008 Kia Spectra which was traveling in the left lane of the southbound US 13. The right side of the Kia then apparently struck the left side of the bus. DSP reports that after the impact, both vehicles went southeast for a short distance, and stopped next to each other in the grass median.

Authorities say the 45-year-old Smyrna woman and driver of the Kia was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. She was reportedly treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics and then flown to Christiana Hospital by Trooper 4. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Authorities say the the victim's name is being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.

According to the report, Henry was properly restrained during the crash, and was not injured. Officials say impairment on the part of either operator is not believed to be a factor in this crash. Traffic on southbound US13 was reportedly restricted to the right shoulder for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash remains under the investigation by the DSP Reconstruction Team. No charges have been filed at this time.

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