Police investigate wreck near Delaware City

A two-vehicle crash, involving a school bus with children and a pickup truck, was reported at Wrangle Hill and River roads near Delaware City on Thursday, July 20.

According to the state police, at about 3:28 p.m., Althea A. La-Rose, 32, of Bear, was operating a 2006 Chevrolet Express school bus and was attempting to make a left-hand turn from eastbound Wrangle Hill Road onto northbound River Road.

As La-Rose began the turn, she drove into the path of a 2016 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck, operated by Leroy Esh, 24, of Pennsylvania, which was westbound on Wrangle Hill Road, police said.

The front of the pickup truck struck the right side of the bus, which was carrying 15 children, ages six to 11 years old, of the Passion Care Day Care Center in Bear, police said.

Both vehicles came to rest in the intersection.

La-Rose, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was not injured. She was cited for failure to yield right of way to oncoming traffic.

Esh, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was not injured.

All the children were transported to a local area hospital as a precautionary measure by privately-owned vehicles and by EMS. One child was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Wrangle Hill Road at River Road was closed for about twenty minutes as the crash was investigated and cleared.