DSP investigating serious multi-vehicle crash involving Laurel Police officer
BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a serious multi-vehicle crash that happened Sunday morning.
Shortly before 9 a.m., police say a 2012 Ford Escape being driven by a 27-year-old Berlin man was traveling eastbound on Seashore Highway, approaching the intersection of Sussex Highway with a red light. A fully marked Laurel Police Department K-9 car, a 2017 Ford Explorer, operated by an officer with 14 years of service was traveling southbound on Sussex Highway in the left lane approaching the intersection of Seashore Highway with a green light. A 2006 Ford Escape driven by a 66-year-old Millsboro woman was traveling northbound on Sussex Highway, stopped in the turn lane for westbound Seashore Highway with a red light.
The driver of the 2012 Escape reportedly failed to stop for the red light, entered the intersection directly into the path of the Laurel Police Department police car, and the front of the Escape hit the right front of the police car within the intersection. As a result of the impact, the police car was forced into the 2006 Escape, causing it to flip onto its roof before coming to rest in the turn lane. The police car continued traveling in a southeasterly direction and came to a rest on the concrete island. After the initial impact, the 2012 Escape rotated clockwise and came to rest upright in the intersection.
Police say all three drivers were properly restrained.
The driver of the 2012 Escape was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance and admitted with serious injuries.
The officer driving the Explorer was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance with minor injuries and later discharged. The officer’s K-9 partner was not injured. The officer was en route to Laurel town limits after helping Delaware State Police with a call for service.
The driver of the 2006 Escape was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance and admitted with serious injuries.