Five members of a family from New Jersey died in a collision on Route 1 near Townsend after a southbound truck crossed the median and collided with two cars on northbound Route 1.
UPDATE, Sunday, July 8:
The Delaware State Police have identified the drivers in the collision in which five members of a family died on Route 1 near Townsend Friday.
Audie Trinidad, 61, of Teaneck, New Jersey, was driving a Toyota Sienna mini-van carrying his wife and four children on Route 1 when their van was struck by a Ford F-350 truck that crossed the median and was traveling south in the northbound lanes.
Audie Trinidad and his 20-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn N. Trinidad, died in the collision along with his 17-year-old daughter and 13-year-old twin daughters. Audie's wife survived.
The Ford driver was 44-year-old Alvin S. Hubbard Jr. of East New Market, Maryland. He and his passenger were treated at a hospital for injuries and were released.
The driver of a Mercury Sable also hit by the F-350 was Brian C. Kern, 24, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was treated for injuries at a hospital and released.
The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. No charges have been filed at this time.
ORIGINAL REPORT, Friday, July 6:
The initial investigation has determined that at about 3:47 p.m., a 2007 Ford F-350 was traveling south in the left lane on Route 1 near Noxontown Road.
A 2002 Mercury Sable was traveling north on Route 1 just north of Pine Tree Road, and a 1998 Toyota Sienna was traveling a short distance behind the Sable.
For unknown reasons, the F-350 crossed from the southbound lanes over the grassy median and into the northbound lanes on Route 1.
The front driver's side of the F-350 struck the left rear side of the Sable, causing the Sable to spin out of control and come to a rest in an embankment.
The F-350 continued out of control southbound in the northbound lanes.
The Sienna struck the passenger's side of the F-350 and both vehicles went off the roadway and into a ditch.
The driver of the F-350, a 44-year-old man from East New Market, Maryland, was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries. He was properly restrained and it is unknown if impairment is a factor on his behalf. His passenger, a 30-year-old man from Hurlock, Maryland, was properly restrained and was also transported to a hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Sable, a 24-year-old man from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was transported to a hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries. He was properly restrained and impairment does not appear to be a factor on his behalf.
The driver of the Sienna, a 61-year-old man from Teaneck, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was properly restrained.
Also in the vehicle were his four daughters, ages 20, 17, and two 13-year-old twins, who were not properly restrained and pronounced dead at the scene.
His 53-year-old wife was properly restrained in the front passenger seat and was transported to a hospital where she was admitted with serious injuries.
Southbound Route 1 near Pine Tree Road was closed for about 90 minutes. The northbound lanes were closed for about 5 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
The crash is under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. All names are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin and family members.