Delaware State Police troopers are continuing their investigation into a Saturday morning two-vehicle crash near Camden that apparently caused a fire in a local childcare facility.
The incident happened around 11:21 a.m. Saturday April 25 on U.S. Route 13, just north of Voshells Mill Road, said division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
According to the investigation, a 25 year old Dover woman was driving a Volkswagen Jetta northbound on Route 13 when it was struck in the rear by a Nissan Rouge, driven by a 16-year-old Camden-Wyoming resident.
After the impact, the Rogue swerved off the east side shoulder of Route 13 and hit a utility pole, causing it to snap in half before coming to a stop.
As the Camden-Wyoming Fire Company was on scene for the crash, firemen heard a fire alarm coming from The Children’s Place childcare center at 3377 South DuPont Highway. Firemen forced their way into the building and discovered smoke coming from a classroom.
The small fire was put out quickly, Fournier said.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire, but preliminary indications are a power surge from the broken utility pole make have sparked the fire.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and were taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries, and then released, Fournier said.
The 16 year old was cited for inattentive driving and failure to proof of insurance in his possession, he added.
Traffic lights throughout the Camden area were out for about an hour while electrical crews worked to restore the power. Traffic was redirected by DelDOT and Delaware State Fire Police around the crash site while troopers investigated and cleared the scene, Fournier said.