A fatal crash that occurred in Georgetown on Oct. 1 involving a pickup truck and a DART Paratransit bus is under investigation.
According to the Delaware State Police, the incident occurred around 9:45 a.m. as a Dodge pickup truck was traveling westbound on Old Furnace Road just west of Waller Road. At the same time, police said a DART Paratransit bus was traveling eastbound on Old Furnace Road when for unknown reasons, the truck, operated by 55-year-old Anthony J. Valenti of Frankford, swerved into the eastbound lane striking the bus on the driver’s side. Police said the impact forced the bus off the south side of the roadway and into a ditch where it overturned once before landing upright. Police said the truck continued in an easterly direction and rotated in the roadway before coming to a stop. Police said a 2009 Infinity passenger car was traveling eastbound behind the bus when, in order to avoid the crash, the driver, 46-year-old Patricia G. Procino of Seaford, swerved to the right and drove off the south side of the roadway and into a ditch before coming to a stop in a yard.
Police said Valenti was pronounced dead at the scene.
The operator of the bus, 54-year-old Jerri M. Konopka of Millsboro, and seven passengers were transported to local hospitals where the nature of their injuries ranged from severe to non-life threatening. Nathaniel Norwood, 54, of Georgetown was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries; Tara E. Beck, 41, of Bridgeville was transported to Nanticoke with non-life threatening injuries; George A. Bryant, 58, of Milton was transported to Milford Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries; Barbara J. Johnson, 54, of Seaford was transported to Milford with non-life threatening injuries; Frances V. Quailes, 93, of Seaford was transported to Nanticoke and then flown to Christiana Hospital and is in guarded condition; Corbet L. Cannon, 35, of Seaford was flown to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries; and Victoria S. Cannon, 29, of Seaford was transported to Christiana Hospital where she is in critical condition.
Police said Procino was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
In a prepared statement, Lauren Skiver, CEO of Delaware Transit Corporation, said the bus was carrying four passengers and four DART personnel.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone involved in the crash and to their families and friends,” Skiver said. “DART is assisting law enforcement personnel with the crash investigation.”