Ve­hi­cles col­lide, send­ing one over an em­bank­ment

Four hurt in Christina Park­way crash

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Four peo­ple were in­jured Tues­day night when two ve­hi­cles col­lided on Christina Park­way (Route 4), send­ing one ve­hi­cle ca­reen­ing down an em­bank­ment.

The crash hap­pened at 6:45 p.m. be­tween South Col­lege Av­enue and Elk­ton Road, near where the road nar­rows from two lanes to one, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Fred Nel­son, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment.

Porsche Edger­ton, 29, of Bear, was driv­ing a 2014 Chevy Im­pala west to­ward Elk­ton Road when she at­tempted to use the shoul­der of the road to pass an­other ve­hi­cle, Nel­son said. She struck a guardrail and lost con­trol of her car, which drifted into the op­po­site lane and struck a 2005 Dodge Mag­num head-on.

The force of the col­li­sion caused the Mag­num to crash through a fence and roll 40 feet down a hill. Fire­fight­ers used lad­ders and hy­draulic tools to free the 35-year-old driver of the Mag­num from the wreck­age.

“Us­ing a se­ries of ropes and rig­ging, the vic­tim was hoisted back to the road sur­face,” John H. Farrell IV, spokesman for Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Com­pany said. “The res­cue took ap­prox­i­mately 40 min­utes.”

Edger­ton, the Mag­num driver and Edger­ton’s 42-year-old fe­male pas­sen­ger were all taken to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance. The fourth vic­tim, a 12-year-old boy who was rid­ing in the Mag­num, was flown by he­li­copter to A.I. duPont Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren.

The 33-year-old male driver of a third ve­hi­cle, a 2001 Toy­ota Tun­dra that was hit by de­bris from the ini­tial crash, was not in­jured.

Edger­ton was cited for reck­less driv­ing and pass­ing a ve­hi­cle on the right, Nel­son said.

Nel­son would not re­lease the other vic­tims’ names be­cause they were not charged.

A to­tal of 30 fire­fight­ers and EMTs from Aetna, Chris­tiana Fire Com­pany and New Cas­tle County Paramedics par­tic­i­pated in the res­cue.

PHOTO COURTESY OF AETNA

Fire­fight­ers work to res­cue a driver who was trapped af­ter a ve­hi­cle rolled down an em­bank­ment on Christina Park­way on Tues­day.

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