Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer that occurred in the Bridgeville area Friday night.
On April 7, 2023, at approximately 10:37 p.m., a 2020 Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on Atlanta Road (Route 30) approaching the intersection of Federalsburg Road (Route 18) with a posted stop sign. At the time, a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan was traveling westbound on Federalsburg Road, approaching the intersection of Atlanta Road. The Freightliner failed to stop at the posted stop sign and proceeded northbound, directly into the path of the minivan. The Chrysler was unable to avoid the Freightliner and the front of the Chrysler struck the right side of the Freightliner’s flatbed trailer. After impact, the Chrysler went partially underneath the trailer, and rotated in a clockwise direction. The Freightliner continued traveling northbound for a short distance, dragging the Chrysler in a northerly direction, before coming to rest.
The operator of the Chrysler, 59-year-old Joe White of Conowingo, MD was properly restrained was pronounced deceased at the collision scene. The front passenger in the Chrysler, a 67-year-old female from Federalsburg, MD who was properly restrained was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.
The operator of the Freightliner, a 26-year-old male from Richmond, VA was not injured during the collision. This is an active investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. The roadway was closed for approximately five hours while the collision was investigated, and the roadway was cleared.
The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to please contact Sergeant J. Burns by calling 302-703-3269. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.
Source: Delaware State Police Newsroom