Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:48 am
Updated: 3:04 pm, Thu Oct 25, 2012.
Woman dies in I-95 crash
A Maryland woman died Wednesday after the car she was driving veered across several lanes of I-95 southbound near the Route 896 exit in Newark and was struck by a bus, police said.
Toni Marie Koetzle, 24, of Halethorpe, Md., was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo southbound in the right lane of the highway around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when, for an unknown reason, the car suddenly veered left and traveled across several lanes of I-95, according to a news release from Delaware State Police.
As the car entered the left lane, a 2008 Prevost Bus driven by Mamadou Badine, 47, of Maryland, struck it, police said. The bus was operating as a Bolt passenger-service bus.
The impact caused the Chevrolet to spin onto the grass median where it overturned and finally came to rest on its wheels. The bus also traveled onto the grass median before stopping.
Koetzle was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.
The passenger, Trae Miller, 41, of North East, Md., was flown by Delaware State Police Trooper 4 helicopter to Christiana Trauma Center, where he remains in critical condition. Miller was wearing a seatbelt.
Two of the bus passengers were transported to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where they were treated and released.
Three lanes of I-95 southbound and one lane of I-95 northbound were closed for about four hours while troopers investigated and cleared the crash.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:48 am.
Updated: 3:04 pm.