Ne­wark man killed in crash in­volv­ing DART bus

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­[email protected]­

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.


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.

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