NEW CASTLE, Del., — A vehicular collision in west of New Castle on Thursday ended in flames and claimed the life of two people.
The driver, 67-year-old John C. Quigley, of a 2003 Ford Expedition had been properly restrained and was brought to Christiana Hospital in a critical state.
The two people who perished in the tragic accident remain unidentified.
The incident occurred shortly before 3 in the afternoon when the 2003 Ford Expedition SUV, travelling east on Del 273, was involved in a minor crash under an overpass at Del. 1.
Information regarding the said accident was not released.
The SUV continued to drive a short distance on Del. 273 heading to its intersection with Apple by Road by Community Plaza when the fatal crash happened.
The SUV rear-ended the 2012 Nissan Altima that was stopped in the left lane. In result, the car was pushed towards a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck stopped in front of it. It was further pushed into the intersection where it was swallowed in flames; two occupants were unable to get out. Both occupants were pronounced dead on scene.
The SUV continued to drive along eastbound Del. 273 before crossing into an oncoming westbound traffic where it swerved into the concrete median and came to a stop on the south edge of the eastbound lanes.
The SUV driver was airlifted to Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.
The 19-year-old truck driver and his two passengers were unharmed and their identities were not released.
Charged were not filed for both accidents.
The accident caused heavy traffic on Del. 273 which was temporarily closed for five hours for investigation and clearing up operations.
Police are continuing to investigate if an acute medical condition that Quigley experiences may have been a main contributory factor in the crash.
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