Commodore Barry Bridge, NJ Three Vehicle Collision, Mar 1977
PRIEST KILLED ON BRIDGE; CLAYMONT GIRL "CRITICAL"
TRAFFIC TIED UP FOR HOURS.
A Wilmington priest was killed and a young woman seriously injured when three vehicles, including a tank truck, collided and caught on fire on the New Jersey side of the Commodore Barry Bridge at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. Bridge traffic was tied up for several hours.
The REV. WILLIAM NORMAN, 51, of the Order of St. Benedict, 917 Madison St., Wilmington, was fatally injured.
Delaware River Port Authority police said they did not know the cause of the crash. They said witnesses gave conflicting reports.
It is believed Father NORMAN'S car and the cargoless tank truck of Union Carbide Co., Tinicum, were headed west toward Chester on the bridge when they collided with an eastbound auto.
The driver of the eastbound auto, CATHY E. FORD, 20, 3518 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital, Chester, in guarded condition.
The truck driver, ADAM GUDELUNAS, 327 Delaware St., Tinicum, was treated for shock at the hospital.
There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.
The accident occurred about 150 yards east of the center of the bridge. Traffic was halted completely by police for 40 minutes afterwards. Removal of the wreckage caused congestion in the area for more than three hours.
All three vehicles were demolished.
Police noted the accident could have been worse if the truck had been loaded with its usual cargo of flammable liquid.
Delaware County Daily Times Chester Pennsylvania 1977-03-09