The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred earlier today.
According to the Delaware State Police Department, the crash occurred just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, as a 2017 Honda CRV and a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse were stopped on Atlanta Road west of Bucks Branch Road at the direction of a flagger, who was working in conjunction with a roadside tree maintenance company.
A 2009 Dodge Ram Pick-up truck was traveling westbound on Atlanta Road approaching the stopped vehicles at full speed. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Pick-up truck failed to perceive the stopped vehicles and struck the rear of the Traverse.
The impact caused the Traverse to strike the rear of the CRV, according to police.The Pick-up truck continued in a northwesterly direction and struck the right front of the CRV before driving off the north-edge of the road into a roadside foliage.
The driver of the CRV, a 29-year-old Seaford woman, was properly restrained at the time of the crash. She was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A one-year-old child was in the CRV at the time of the crash and was not injured.
The operator of the Traverse, 66-year-old Linda J. Eskridge, of Seaford, was also properly restrained during the crash. She was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
The driver of the Dodge Ram, a 24-year-old Seaford man, was not properly restrained at the time of the crash. He was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.
Atlanta Road in the area of Bucks Branch Road was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and later cleared.
The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.