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Woman Killed in Fiery Collision with Dump Truck

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According to The News Journal, a 41-year-old woman died after colliding with a dump truck in Hockessin, Delaware, on Wednesday morning.

SUV Burst into Flames

Police say the accident occurred at approximately 10:40 a.m. in the 6500 block of Lancaster Pike. Evelyn Marks, 41, traveled westbound on the Pike in her Nissan SUV.

The News Journal reports that Marks cross the center dividing line and crashed into a semi head-on traveling eastbound. Marks’ SUV immediately caught on fire on impact, and officials declared her dead at the scene of the wreck.

The driver of the dump truck, Shawn Spinella, barreled through a guard rail and into a ditch after the fatal collision. Spinella sustained injuries and required extrication from his truck, receiving treatment at Christiana Hospital afterward. Police report that the dump truck driver did not wear a seat belt, according to The News Journal. It is unclear if Marks wore a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following statistics on motor vehicle crashes in 2014 are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • An estimated 2.34 million people sustained injuries in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • For passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.
  • Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.

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