Eight-Vehicle Crash Shuts Down Rehoboth Avenue

During 10 months of the year Rehoboth Beach residents enjoy peace strolling down Rehoboth Ave here in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Summer brings thousands of tourists and with that comes some trouble. The city's population swells from 3,000 or so in the off season to over 20,000 in the Summer. Yesterday was proof that our usually quiet little town can become a hazardous during the very busy Summer months and usually alcohol plays a role. The following article was reported by WMDT TV.

t was a miracle that nobody was critically injured after an eight-vehicle accident shut down Rehoboth Avenue for more than an hour early Saturday evening. Hundreds of visitors, who packed the sidewalks, heard the impacts around 6:13 p.m. and many called for help.

This Dodge Ram drove up over the curb at Second Street and came to a stop in front of Conch Island. The sidewalk was packed with pedestrians but amazingly, they escaped injury. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

Police say a man driving the blue Dodge Ram pick-up truck attempted to back out of a parking space along the north shoulder in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue. In the process of doing so, his truck collided with another vehicle that was westbound on Rehoboth Avenue.

The man attempted to flee the scene in the pick-up truck but lost control and collided with these four additional vehicles parked along the center median, police said.

The Image - courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

The pick-up truck, heavily damaged from the collisions, continued along Rehoboth Avenue westbound striking the curb on the north shoulder of the roadway, a bike rack and two more vehicles that were in motion at the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue and Second Street. The pick-up truck then struck a pole and came to rest on the sidewalk along the north side of Rehoboth Avenue west of Second Street at Conch Island.

Five patients — including a 16-year-old — were taken to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pick-up truck, a 45-year-old man from Middletown, Delaware, was one of the patients. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor, police said.

Amazingly, no pedestrians were struck by any of the vehicles. At this time, the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.