NORTH CAPE MAY – A two-vehicle accident occurred on the MV Delaware as vehicles were disembarking the ferry vessel at the Cape May terminal Aug. 22 at approximately 9:40 a.m.
Three people involved in the accident were transported to Cape Regional Medical Center for evaluation with what appeared to be minor injuries.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Jeffery Singley of Fort Washington, Md., was operating a white 2012 Ford Explorer rental vehicle that was stationed on the port side of the ferry vessel. While maneuvering his vehicle on-board the vessel, Singley accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, propelling the Explorer across the car deck and broadsiding a silver Honda Civic on the starboard side of the vessel. The subsequent impact pinned the Honda Civic against the ferry vessel’s starboard bulkhead.
The occupants of the 2013 Honda Civic, Diane Manville and Roger Level of Millsboro, Del., and Singley were transported to Cape Regional Medical Center by Lower Township EMS.
The vehicles were aboard the MV Delaware, which departed the Lewes Ferry Terminal at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 22. The MV Delaware sustained minor cosmetic damage. The ferry schedule was delayed for approximately one hour. The MV Cape Henlopen took over for the MV Delaware while the accident scene was cleared and cleaned up and departures will be delayed by one hour until late this afternoon.
The following units responded to the accident scene: Town Bank Fire Department, Villas Fire Department, Lower Township Police, Lower Township EMS, Villas Fire Department, and Delaware River and Bay Authority Police.
The accident remains under investigation by the Delaware River and Bay Authority police department.
Initial scanner reports indicated a motor vehicle accident occurred on board a ferry in North Cape May Aug. 22 around 9:54 a.m.
Lower Township Police dispatched Lower Township firefighters from various companies to the ferry terminal to assist with the crash. Apparently, one vehicle pinned another vehicle to the bulkhead (wall).
Three people have been taken to the hospital to be evaluated, according to DRBA officials.
DRBA officers were in command and no LTPD police were needed on scene.
According to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Twitter feed, “Due to a minor traffic accident, departures today, Aug. 22, are experiencing approx. 60-90 minute delays.”