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Updated: Three School Buses, Dump Truck Collide Near Lincoln

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Thursday morning's crash scene in Lincoln. (Photo: Delaware State Police) Thursday morning's crash scene in Lincoln. (Photo: Delaware State Police)
(Photo: Delaware State Police) (Photo: Delaware State Police)
(Photo credit: Brad Crosson) (Photo credit: Brad Crosson)
LINCOLN, Del.- Delaware State Police say two people were injured in a Thursday morning four-vehicle crash involving three school buses and a dump truck near Lincoln. 

Troopers said the accident occurred around 7:35 a.m. as Dillon W. Taylor, 23, of Greenwood, was operating a 1999 Mack dump truck northbound on DuPont Boulevard (US 113) approaching a red light at the intersection with Johnson Road/Fitzgerald Road. Police said that meantime, Mary E. Alexander, 65 of Ellendale, was operating a privately-owned 2008 International school bus, and was initially stopped on Johnson Road westbound before proceeding through the intersection on a green light in order to turn southbound on US 113. Investigators said that as Alexander entered the intersection, the dump truck failed to stop at the red light and attempted to swerve to the left to avoid the bus, but struck the front left corner of the bus with the right front corner of the truck.

Police said the dump truck continued in a northwesterly direction where it then struck a 2008 IC Corp. school bus (owned by RJK Transportation) being operated by Tighmir I. Sayles, 23 of Milford, head-on in the southbound left turn land of US 113. Troopers said the impact forced the second bus into a 2013 IC Corp. school bus (owned by RJK Transportation) being operated by Audrey G. Wegner, 48, of Ellendale, that was stopped directly behind the bus being operated by Sayles. These two buses were stopped for a red light in the left turn lane to turn eastbound on Johnson Road and were traveling to Morris Early Childhood Center in Lincoln, investigators said. 

Police said Alexander was properly restrained and had no students on her bus. She transported by EMS to Milford Memorial Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police said Taylor was also properly restrained and was transported to MMH where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was cited for failure to stop at a red light.

Troopers said Sayles and his six student passengers, with age ranges between 3 and 4, were all properly restrained and uninjured in the collision.

Wegner was uninjured in the crash and had no students on her bus, according to police. 

Police said the collision resulted in a diesel fuel spill from the dump truck requiring a response by Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officers. 

US 113 northbound and southbound had single lane closures for approximately five hours as the crash was investigated and the fuel spill was cleaned up.

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