U-Haul crash injures six
With people riding in back, truck hits bridge
A U-Haul truck slammed into the Casho Mill Road railroad bridge Saturday afternoon, injuring six people, including four who were riding unrestrained in the bed of the truck.
The crash happened at 12:15 p.m. as Mary Merchant, 42, of Harrisburg, Pa., was attempting to go under the bridge, heading from Barksdale Road to Elkton Road, said Sgt. Gerald Bryda, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
Merchant failed to obey the height restrictions, and the top of the truck hit the bridge, Bryda said.
He added that Merchant had come to Delaware to pick up furniture.
“She had people with her to help and was following GPS when she hit the bridge,” he said.
The force of the crash partially ejected a 24-year-old woman who was in the back of the truck. Paramedics treated her for a head injury, and she was flown by helicopter to Christiana Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition.
The other three people riding in the back – a 14-year-old boy and two 18-year-old men – were also taken to Christina Hospital, one with a possible head injury, said Cpl. Abigail Haas, a spokeswoman for New Castle County paramedics.
One of the 18-year-olds was lying in the portion of the truck that overhangs the cab – the portion that struck the bridge – Bryda said.
Merchant and her 65-year-old passenger in the cab were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Some of the passengers have the same address as Merchant, but Bryda said he did not if or how they are related.
The crash drew a response from firefighters and EMTs from Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Co., Christiana Fire Company, Cranston Heights Fire Company and the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit.
Jeff Sands, an assistant chief for Aetna, said one person was trapped in the back of the truck but was freed by passersby before the fire department arrived.
Bryda said Merchant was cited for inattentive driving and passengers not wearing seatbelts.
A towing crew prepares to haul away the U-Haul truck that crashed into the Casho Mill Road railroad bridge.