Vehicles collide, sending one over an embankment
Four hurt in Christina Parkway crash
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.
Firefighters work to rescue a driver who was trapped after a vehicle rolled down an embankment on Christina Parkway on Tuesday.