Newark man killed in crash involving DART bus
A 55-year-old Newark man died last week after his car was struck by a DART bus.
The crash happened at 6:43 a.m. Dec. 5 at the intersection of South College Avenue and West Chestnut Hill Road, according to Sgt. Gerald Bryda, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
Bryda said Thomas Polis was driving a 2003 Chrysler Sebring east on West Chestnut Hill Road and entered the intersection with the intention of continuing straight through the intersection.
Meanwhile, the DART bus was turning left from Old Chestnut Hill Road onto South College Avenue and struck Polis’ car head-on.
Both vehicles had a green light, but the bus turned into the path of Polis’ car, Bryda said.
Firefighters rescued Polis from the wreckage of the crash, and an ambulance rushed him to the hospital, Bryda said. Polis died several hours later.
Six passengers on the bus were also taken to the hospital for possible injuries. The bus driver, identified only as a 54-year-old woman from Wilmington, was not hurt.
“The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed at this point in the investigation,” Bryda said, adding that alcohol is not a factor.
DART spokesman C.R. McLeod said the bus driver will be off the road until the investigation is over.
“In any crash involving one of our vehicles, protocol is for the driver to be taken for drug and alcohol testing, and the driver is removed from active ser vice pending the outcome of the investigation,” McLeod said.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Cpl. Robert Vernon at 302-366-7100, ext. 3452, or RVer[email protected]wark. de.us.
The driver of this vehicle died after the car was struck by a DART bus at the intersection of West Chestnut Hill Road and South College Avenue.