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Updated: Police ID SUV Driver Killed in Crash With DART Bus in Bridgeville

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Friday morning's crash scene in Bridgeville. (Photo: WBOC) Friday morning's crash scene in Bridgeville. (Photo: WBOC)

BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Delaware State Police have released the name of the driver of an SUV killed in a crash with a DART bus on Seashore Highway (SR404) west of Cannon Road on Friday morning.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Tina M. Caputo, 52, of Milton. 

According to police, the incident occurred around 5:45 a.m. as Caputo was operating a Jeep Latitude and was stopped on the westbound shoulder of Seashore Highway (SR404) west of Cannon Road.

Troopers said that meantime, Estaban Vicente-Morales, 46 of Georgetown, was operating a Gillig 6-wheel D.A.R.T. commuter bus eastbound on Seashore Highway in the same general vicinity. Police said the Jeep then made a U-turn from the westbound shoulder directly in front of the bus, and as a result, the front of the bus struck the right side of the Jeep in the eastbound travel lane.  After the impact, the Jeep rotated violently in a clockwise direction and traveled off the south side of road where it overturned onto its left side, police said. Troopers said the DART bus continued in an easterly direction, remaining in the eastbound travel lane, where it came to a controlled stop.

Police said Caputo, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead as the scene.

Estaban Vicente-Morales was properly restrained and was transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to investigators. 

There were six adult passengers on the bus who were traveling from the Bridgeville area to Georgetown. Police said the bus is not equipped with seatbelts for the passengers and they all were transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

The DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this incident.  Speed and alcohol were not a factor on the behalf of either driver, police said. 

SR404 in the area of the crash was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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