Trolley Flips in Delaware, Injuring More Than a Dozen Wedding Guests

A trolley carrying nearly two dozen wedding guests flipped on a Delaware highway Saturday afternoon, sending at least a dozen people to the hospital with injuries.

Police said the vehicle, an attached passenger trolley trailer, was being pulled by a Ford Econo van along Coastal Highway (Route 1) just south of Dewey Beach about 4:40 p.m. when the trolley began to sway, then overturned. The van pulling the trolley, operated by Jolly Trolley, did not flip. The van's 76-year-old driver did not suffer injuries, police said.

Authorities said there were 22 people on board the trolley, many of whom suffered bumps and bruises. A dozen of them were taken to local hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Delaware State Police.

State police are continuing to investigate the crash, and said they aren't sure yet why the trolley began swaying, but wind may have played a role. Gusts up to 15 mph were recorded in the area of the crash.

Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company
Firefighters and paramedics help stabilize a trolley rider on a gurney.

A man who answered the phone at Jolly Trolley said the company had no comment at this time when asked about the incident. The company operates charter services and a fixed shuttle service to Delaware beach towns, according to its website.

The four-lane highway was shut down in both directions for two hours after the crash.

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