One dead, several others injured in multi-vehicle crashes on U.S. 113

ELLENDALE – A Seaford woman was killed and several other persons injured Saturday night in two multi-vehicle crashes on U.S. 113 just south of Ellendale, Delaware State Police report.

Preliminary investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction determined the first crash occurred at approximately 9:03 p.m. on DuPont Boulevard south of West Robbins Road, three miles south of Ellendale.

A 1993 Mercury Villager minivan operated by Cheryl A. Green, 56 of Seaford, was traveling on U.S. 113 southbound in the northbound travel lanes, just south of the intersection at West Robbins Road, with no headlights on, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

A 2001 Volkswagen Passat operated by Tristin F. Lowe, 49 of Pennsylvania, was northbound approaching the minivan, which did not have the headlights activated. The two vehicles collided in the left lane.  The minivan spun and stopped in the roadway, while the Volkswagen Passat came to rest in the median.

Moments later, a 2012 Audi Q7 pulling a trailer, operated by Peter E. Gray, 68 of Massachusetts, was northbound on U.S. 113 and approached the disabled minivan in the road. This driver also could not see the minivan in the roadway and struck the right side of the vehicle, Sgt. Bratz said.

Cheryl Green was pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Bratz said. She was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, investigation revealed.

Tristin F. Lowe, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, treated and released.

Peter Gray, who was properly restrained, was transported to the Beebe Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, treated and released.

After the initial two crashes on northbound U.S. 113 state police report another crash occurred on U.S. 113 southbound as a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina operated by Rory B. Monroe, 49 of Frankford, was southbound in the area of the initial crash and had slowed down.

A 2010 Cadillac DTS, operated by William C. Townsend, 72, of Georgetown, was also southbound directly behind the Lumina and struck the vehicle with its front bumper.

William C. Townsend and with his passenger Mary E. Terrell, 82, of Millsboro were properly restrained in the crash and were uninjured in the crash.

Rory B. Monroe and his passenger Cheryl Monroe, 48, both of Frankford were properly restrained at the time of the crash. Rory Monroe was taken to the Beebe Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and released. Chery Monroe was uninjured in the crash.

U.S. 113 northbound and southbound lanes were both shut down for several hours for investigation and crash-scene clearing.

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