Townsend man, 54, dies after U.S. 13 crash

Northbound U.S. 13 at Blackbird Landing Road and Pine Tree Road (Photo: Google maps)
Northbound U.S. 13 at Blackbird Landing Road and Pine Tree Road (Photo: Google maps)

TOWNSEND, DELAWARE (7/2/2016) A 54-year-old man has died after a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) east of Townsend, the Delaware State Police said this morning.

The crash was reported at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection with Pine Tree Road and Blackbird Landing Road.

Firefighters cut open the wreckage of a Honda sedan to extricate the victims in about 15 minutes, said Sgt. Abigail E. Haas of New Castle County paramedics.

The 54-year-old man who was driving the car was treated for chest, arm and possible internal injuries, then taken by ambulance to Christiana Hospital in Stanton, Haas said. Police said he later died at the hospital. His name is being withheld by police pending notification of next-of-kin.

A 54-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was treated for possible internal and head injuries, then taken to the hospital in serious condition, Haas said.

She said two other people also were taken to the hospital. Police said a 14-year-old boy in the Honda was injured and taken to the hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Police said the Honda was making a left turn from Blackbird Landing Road when it was struck by a northbound 2004 Jeep Cherokee SUV that failed to stop for a red light and struck the left side of the car.

The impact pushed the Honda into the rear of a 2013 Chrysler 200 that was southbound on U.S. 13.

Police said they charged the driver of the Jeep, identified as Robert A. MacDonough, 60, of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, with failing to stop at a red light, and their investigation is continuing.

The driver of the Chrysler, identified as Norman M. Richards, 37, of Clementon, New Jersey, was not injured.

Firefighters from Townsend, Odessa and Volunteer Hose of Middletown responded.

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