A five-car crash just outside Magnolia sent four people to the hospital Wednesday and led to a second crash at the same intersection involving two more vehicles.


A five-car crash just outside Magnolia sent four people to the hospital Wednesday and led to a second crash at the same intersection involving two more vehicles.

The initial crash occurred when Alan C. Peters, a 24-year-old Greenwood resident driving a 2001 Chevrolet pick-up truck south on South State Street failed to notice traffic stopped for a red light at the intersection with Woodlytown Road, police said.

Peters’ pick-up reportedly smashed into the back of a 2000 Chrysler 300 driven by Eugene T. Scott, a 24-year-old Dover resident, at about 6:19 p.m.

That crash caused a chain reaction of collisions, which also involved a 2003 Ford F250 driven by 72-year-old Laurel resident Edward G. Davis, a 2012 Kia SUV driven by 31-year-old Frederica resident Keona D. Smith and a 1997 Ford Ranger driven by Frank W. Eicherly, a 53-year-old Frederica resident, police said.

Peters, Scott, Davis and Smith were taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Eicherly was not injured, police said.

Peters later was cited for inattentive driving, while Scott was cited for driving while suspended.

A second crash then occurred at the same intersection while police were still investigating the five-car pile up.

Police said Frederica resident John Kacsmar, 64, was driving a 1995 Ford Explorer east on Woodlytown Road at about 7:05 p.m. when he nearly struck a 70-year-old fire policeman directing traffic around the initial crash.

Instead, he swerved through several traffic cones and ran into the back of a 2010 Ford F150 pick-up truck that was being used by fire police to block the roadway, police said.

Kacsmar, who was not injured in the crash, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving while suspended and other traffic offenses.