5 Family Members Killed in Highway Crash

Four children and one adult were among the victims in Delaware
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 7, 2018 8:00 AM CDT
Paramedics work the scene of a deadly car crash on Route 1 near Townsend, Del., Friday, July 6, 2018.   (Suchat Pederson /The News Journal via AP)

(Newser) – Five members of a New Jersey family, including four children, were killed Friday in a crash on a Delaware highway, according to state police. Per the AP, the other adult who was in the vehicle was taken to a hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, news outlets reported Friday night. State Police M. Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said police didn't immediately know the ages of the children or what part of New Jersey the family is from. The crash occurred around 3:45pm on Route 1, the state's major north-south artery, near Townsend. Jaffe said that a southbound pickup truck crossed the median and struck a northbound passenger car. Early Saturday morning, ABC 7 reported the victims were a 61-year-old father and his children ages 13 to 20, all from the town of Teaneck.

She said 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 New Jersey family. The two occupants of the pickup truck and the single occupant of the car were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Photographs from the scene showed a blue tarp covering a white passenger vehicle with massive front-end-damage. The vehicle's roof appeared to have been cut off by rescue workers and was lying upside down on the ground nearby. A few feet away was a maroon extended-cab pickup truck, which appeared to be a commercial vehicle, with its passenger side caved in. The Delaware State Police Collison Reconstruction Unit is investigating.


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