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Car accident in U.S. state of Delaware kills 5, including 4 children

Breaking News2018-07-07

A minivan carrying a family of six collided head-on with a work truck that veered into opposite traffic along a busy Delaware highway Friday afternoon.The crash killed four children and one adult, state police said.Four other people — including another adult in the minivan — were injured.State police Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the brown pickup truck was traveling southbound on Delaware Route 1 through Townsend when it drifted off the road, through the grassy median and into northbound traffic.The truck struck one car, injuring the driver, before slamming into the white-colored minivan.Four children and a parent in the minivan died in the vehicle, police said. Another adult was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.Jaffe said the family is from New Jersey. The names and ages of the victims were not immediately available."It’s certainly heartbreaking as you can imagine, those of us that have families and children, I mean, I feel so bad for this family. I can’t imagine what they’re going through," Jaffe said.The work truck driver and his passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The truck is owned by Aledak Metalworks, Inc. headquartered in East New Market, Maryland, which is about 65 miles southwest from the crash scene.Route 1 — the main route connecting popular beach towns like Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach with the rest of the state — was shut down for miles following the crash that happened at 3:47 p.m. Friday near Pine Tree Road.Drivers stuck behind the crash were either turned around or diverted onto side-streets.The road's northbound lanes remained closed until 9 p.m. Friday night as accident investigators continue to probe the crash.(NBC)

A minivan carrying a family of six collided head-on with a work truck that veered into opposite traffic along a busy Delaware highway Friday afternoon.

The crash killed four children and one adult, state police said.

Four other people — including another adult in the minivan — were injured.

State police Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the brown pickup truck was traveling southbound on Delaware Route 1 through Townsend when it drifted off the road, through the grassy median and into northbound traffic.

The truck struck one car, injuring the driver, before slamming into the white-colored minivan.

Four children and a parent in the minivan died in the vehicle, police said. Another adult was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.

Jaffe said the family is from New Jersey. The names and ages of the victims were not immediately available.

"It’s certainly heartbreaking as you can imagine, those of us that have families and children, I mean, I feel so bad for this family. I can’t imagine what they’re going through," Jaffe said.

The work truck driver and his passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The truck is owned by Aledak Metalworks, Inc. headquartered in East New Market, Maryland, which is about 65 miles southwest from the crash scene.

Route 1 — the main route connecting popular beach towns like Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach with the rest of the state — was shut down for miles following the crash that happened at 3:47 p.m. Friday near Pine Tree Road.

Drivers stuck behind the crash were either turned around or diverted onto side-streets.

The road's northbound lanes remained closed until 9 p.m. Friday night as accident investigators continue to probe the crash.

(NBC)

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