SMYRNA – One person died and two others sustained serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash at an intersection Thursday night, Delaware State Police said.

Authorities said the incident occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m., when a Dodge Ram 2500 was traveling westbound on Wheatley’s Pond Road (Del. 300) towards the intersection of Mount Friendship Road. A Nissan Altima was stopped/slowing to a stop, facing westbound on Wheatley’s Pond Road preparing to make a left turn onto Mount Friendship Road. The operator of the Dodge Ram failed to properly perceive the Altima preparing to make the left turn and collided with same, police said.

The right rear seat passenger in the Altima, a 16-year-old Clayton male sustained serious injuries and was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, a 24-year-old Marydel male who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital where he was treated and released.

The driver of the Altima, a 19-year-old Clayton male, was wearing a seatbelt. He and his front seat passenger, an 18-year-old Smyrna male, who was also wearing a seatbelt, were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released.

Three rear seat passengers in the Altima were wearing seatbelts. The left rear seat passenger, a 17-year-old Smyrna male, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital and later transported to Christiana Hospital. The middle rear seat passenger, a 15-year-old Smyrna male, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Christiana.

Wheatley’s Pond Road at Mount Friendship Road was closed for approximately six hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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