Teenager dies in near-head-on crash on Lewes-Georgetown Freeway

A 17-year-old died in a collision Friday afternoon on the Lewes-Georgetown highway, according to Delaware State Police.

Police said a Honda CR-V was traveling east on the freeway around 2:10 p.m., approaching Ebb Tide Drive. At the same time, a 2009 Ram 1500 was traveling west, crossing the intersection, police said.

A vehicle not involved in the accident traveling east stopped to turn left onto Ebb Tide Drive and a second vehicle behind it also slowed down, but the driver of the Honda did not see the traffic slowing in front of him and trying to avoid a collision, swerved left into the westbound lane, police said.

To avoid hitting the Honda, the Ram also lurched toward the shoulder, but the front of the two vehicles collided almost head-on, police said.

As a result, the Honda overturned and hit a utility pole before coming to rest on the roadway, police said. The Ram came to rest at the crash site.

According to the police, there were five people in the Honda, all teenagers. The 17-year-old who died was one of them, police said.

He was taken to Beebee Hospital where he died, police said. Identification is pending notification to next of kin.

A serious two-vehicle crash on the Lewes-Georgetown highway west of Lewes near the Sussex East development sent several people to hospitals, including three by helicopter to Christiana Hospital on Friday afternoon.

Three others, an 18-year-old man, an 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, were airlifted to Christiana Hospital, police said. Both female victims were in critical condition, officials said.

A 17-year-old girl was also taken to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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The 77-year-old driver of the Ram was treated for minor injuries, police said.

The crash shut down the Lewes-Georgetown Freeway for about three hours, police said. It remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl./1 Smith at 302-703-3267.

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