FREDERICA — A four-car accident Wednesday evening that involved 14 people left two individuals with non life-threatening injuries, Delaware State Police said.
The accident occurred northbound on Bay Road at 9:32 p.m. near the crossover at Barratts Chapel Road, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier said.
A 17-year-old male from Magnolia, driving a 2002 Mazda Protégé with two other male teen passengers; a 17-year-old female from Wyoming driving a 2001 Chrysler Sebring with four other female teens in the car; and a 50-year-old Magnolia man driving a 2005 Volvo tractor trailer had all been traveling northbound on Bay Road, Cpl. Fournier said.
The driver of the Protégé had been slowing down to prepare to change lanes and follow the Sebring into the left turn lane when the tractor trailer, driving close behind in the right lane, began to overtake the Protégé, Cpl. Fournier said. To avoid clipping the Protégé, the tractor trailer moved onto the shoulder, but began to jackknife back onto Bay Road.
The tractor trailer then hit a 2007 Ford Explorer driven by a 30-year-old male from Philadelphia and containing two other adults and two children under age 5.
After hitting the Explorer, the tractor trailer continued across the median, struck the Sebring, crossed over the Bay Road southbound lanes, and took down the stop sign at the Barratts Chapel and Bay Road crossover before ending in a ditch at Barratts Chapel Road.
The Explorer stopped at the crossover, the Sebring was knocked into the center median and the Protégé ended up 200 feet north of the crossover on the shoulder of Bay Road, Cpl. Fournier said.
A female teen from the ebring was taken to Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital, and the driver of the tractor trailer was taken to Bayhealth’s Milford Memorial Hospital, both treated for non life-threatening injuries, he said.
The driver of the tractor trailer was cited for careless driving.
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