State police continue to investigate a Sunday-morning accident along U.S. 113 south of Swamp Road, north of Frankford, which involved two cars and eight people.


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On Sunday morning, state troopers responded to southbound U.S. 113, just south of Swamp Road, for a head on collision.

A 2003 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling southbound on U.S. 113 in the right lane.  A 1996 Mazda Protégé was traveling northbound on U.S. 113 approaching the Suburban.  For an unknown reason, the Mazda crossed the center median and into the southbound lanes.  It was now traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. 113, where it collided with the Suburban in a head-on collision. 

As a result of the crash, multiple persons were injured. All five passengers in the Suburban, ranging in age from 8 to 43, were transported from the scene to Beebe Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Suburban, 33-year-old driver James Saunders, of Middletown, was not injured. 

The driver of the Mazda, Leandro Chilel, 24, of Frankford, sustained significant injuries.  He was flown from the scene to Christiana Hospital where he was admitted.  At the time of this release, he is still admitted.  The passenger in the Mazda was also injured.  He was transported from the scene to Beebe Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Investigators said alcohol is considered a factor in this crash on the part of Leandro Chilel, the driver of the Mazda. Charges have not been filed yet and this investigation is ongoing.                              


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