Northeast Times

Fatal car crash in Bustleton

A 22-year-old wo­man died in a fiery two-car crash in Bustleton on Monday night that five oth­ers, in­clud­ing two in­fants, sur­vived.

Po­lice said that Anna Mar­ie Drum­mond, of the 4300 block of I St., was a front-seat pas­sen­ger in one of the vehicles and was un­able to es­cape as flames en­gulfed it. She may have been preg­nant, ac­cord­ing to mul­tiple news re­ports.

The crash oc­curred at about 11:12 p.m. on Red Li­on Road near Hal­de­man Av­en­ue and in­volved a 2005 Mer­cury Grand Mar­quis and a 1994 Mer­cury Grand Mar­quis, po­lice said. The cars were trav­el­ling east­bound side-by-side and had just crossed Hal­de­man when the car in the left lane hit a me­di­an strip, struck the car in the right lane and crashed in­to a tree on the east­bound curb. That car, the 2005 Mer­cury, caught fire.

Mean­while, the 1994 Mer­cury also struck a tree on the east­bound curb, veered back in­to the street and came to rest in the lefthand lane.

Bystand­ers helped the driver of the 2005 Mer­cury, a 22-year-old wo­man, es­cape the burn­ing car as well as a 1-year-old boy who had been strapped in­to a child safety seat. The driver suffered a broken leg and was taken to Aria Health Tor­res­dale. The child suffered only a cut lip, po­lice said. Drum­mond re­mained trapped in the car and died at the scene. Fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished the blaze.

A man, 24, was driv­ing the 1994 Mer­cury and was un­injured. A 19-year-old wo­man pas­sen­ger and a 1-year-old boy who was in a child safety seat were taken to Aria Health Tor­res­dale for ob­ser­va­tion.

On Tues­day, charred debris in­clud­ing a child safety seat re­mained scattered at the scene dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour. The cause of the ac­ci­dent re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion. News re­ports cit­ing un­named po­lice sources stated that ex­cess­ive speed is sus­pec­ted as a factor. The speed lim­it on Red Li­on Road is 35 mph.

News re­ports also stated that the mo­tor­ists may have known each oth­er and were tested for driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence. The res­ults of those tests are pending. No charges have been filed. ••

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