State police confirmed that a crash on a Delaware highway on Friday tragically killed five members of a New Jersey family including four children, all girls.
The other surviving adult who was in the vehicle at the time of the accident was brought to a hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. Other local reports say the survivor is the mother of the children killed in the crash.
The crash occurred around 3:45 p.m. on Route 1m the state’s major north-south artery close to Townsend.
State Police M. Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said that a southbound pickup truck crossed the median and hit a northbound passenger car. She added that the car came to rest on the median, while the pickup truck continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the said New Jersey family.
The pickup truck’s occupants, as well as the single occupant of the car, were rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Photos taken at the scene of the incident show a blue tarp covering a white passenger vehicle with massive front-end-damage. It appears that the vehicle’s roof has been cut off by rescue workers and was lying upside down on the ground nearby.
Just several feet away was a maroon extended-cab pickup truck, which seems to be a commercial vehicle. Its passenger side caved in.
Dozens of emergency responded to the scene of the incident. Authorities also worked to clear the debris from the crash.
Authorities also decided to close Route 1 in both directions for 17 miles for hours after the crash.
The Delaware State Police Collison Reconstruction Unit is investigating the incident.
The identities of the members of the family killed in the crash have not been released yet since their nearest relatives have not been informed yet of the tragedy.
Jaffe also said that the ages of the children killed are not yet immediately known, neither is the area of New Jersey where the family resides.