Driver Of Jackknifed Tractor Trailer On I-95 Cited

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Claymont – Delaware State Police are investigating a single vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer that closed I-95 southbound, south of Naaman’s Road, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 11:12 a.m., Monday, April 16, 2018, as a 2009 Freightliner tractor trailer, operated by Francis Carter, 49, of Elkton, Maryland, was traveling I-95 southbound just south of Naaman’s Road.

The tractor trailer changed from the I-95 southbound left lane, which was clear, in to the right lane, which was covered in standing water, at which time the operator lost control, traveled off the right side off the roadway and struck a guardrail, said Austin.

The vehicle jackknifed and came to rest blocking all southbound lanes.

Carter, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the collision, and was transported to the Christiana Hospital by Delaware State Police helicopter, Trooper 4, with non-life threatening injuries.

The collision also required the response of a DNREC Hazardous Materials Response Team due to a fuel leak from the vehicle. As a result of the investigation and clean-up operation the roadway was closed for approximately seven hours.

Carter was cited for Failure To Maintain Lane of Travel and Failure to Wear a Seatbelt.

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