A 78-year-old Maryland woman was killed Tuesday in a head-on crash on Del. Route 1 that also hospitalized two other Maryland residents.
Brigitte Best of Berlin, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day.
Leonardo Cruz, 25, and Rene Vasquez, 42, both residents of Elkton, Md., were taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash, which shut down multiple lanes of Route 1 for several hours, occurred at 10:48 a.m. when the wet and snowy road conditions resulted in Best losing control of her 2008 Nissan Altima about two miles north of Smyrna, in the area of Black Diamond Road, Day said.
Best’s Nissan crossed the grass median and traveled into the southbound lanes, where it collided head-on with a 2002 Ford Express van driven by Cruz and carrying Vazquez, he said.
All three people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts.
The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed, Day said.
Following the crash, the Delaware Department of Transportation shut down all southbound lanes of Route 1 from Middletown (Exit 136) to North Smyrna (Exit 119).
Southbound traffic was diverted onto Del. Route 299 in Middletown and U.S. Route 13 in Odessa.
One lane of northbound Route 1 also was closed for about two hours while police investigated the crash and cleared the scene.