An early morning crash in Milton sent nine people to area hospitals on April 4.

An early morning crash in Milton sent nine people to area hospitals on April 4.

The incident occurred around 6:41 a.m. as 63-year-old Mary A. Ruark, of Milton, was driving a 2008 Ford Escape southbound on Pole Bridge Road, approaching the intersection of Cave Neck Road. At the same time, Angel L. Jimenez, 28 of Milton, was driving 2000 Ford E350 van eastbound on Cave Neck road. The van, owned by Sposato Landscaping Company Inc., was carrying 10 male passengers, according to Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.  

The Escape failed to stop at the posted stop sign and proceeded to enter into the intersection, Fournier said. The van was unable to avoid the collision and struck the SUV on the passenger’s side.

Ruark, who was properly restrained, was removed from the vehicle by mechanical means and then airlifted by Delaware State Police Aviation to Christiana Medical Center, where she is currently admitted with non-life-threatening injuries, Fournier said.

Jimenez, who was properly restrained, was uninjured and did not require any on-scene medical attention.  However, five passengers in the van were transported to Beebe Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and three others were taken to Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, also with non-life-threatening injuries.  Two other passengers did not require any medical attention.

State Police Troopers are continuing their investigation into this incident and charges are pending.  The intersection at Round Pole Bridge Road and Cave Neck Road was closed for approximately two hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.